Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2018

About the Vineyard

Taylors Pass Vineyard sits on the northern bank of the Awatere River, running east to west through the Awatere valley and out to the Clifford Bay in the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard is warm and sheltered from the cool southerly breezes that flow down through the valley from the mountains.

Wine Production

The Taylor Pass Pinot Noir fruit is planted on a mixture of soils. Stony soil that contributes fresh floral and red cherry fruit aromas, whereas silty loam soil provides earthy dense tannins and dark berry fruit flavors. The various clones and differing soil types are harvested separately to provide winemakers with as many flavor and texture options to choose from for this single vineyard wine.

Tasting Notes

This wine is a single vineyard expression of the Taylors Pass site, showcasing an intense bouquet of ripe juicy raspberries and blueberries with hints of baking spices. A harmonious palate delivers mocha notes intermingled with red cherries, subtle dried herbs and finishes with velvety smooth tannins.

Food Pairing

Perfect when paired with meats such as turkey, lamb or duck, or match with salad course of beetroot, fennel and feta.

Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Pinot Noir
Time on its skins
21 - 28 days
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14 months in 36% new french oak barriques followed by 8 months settling in tank days
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
pH level
3.71
Residual sugar
0.2 g/L
Acidity
5.2 g/L

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