Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir 2018
“It is remarkable that in just a decade, [New Zealand’s] Greystone has become one of the best wine producers in the county.” – Raymond Chan
Fans of the wines of New Zealand need to be all over Greystone. The Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir is one of the most exciting expressions of this grape variety on the planet. The fermentation for this exciting wine is taken outside into the vineyard where the grapes were grown. There it starts its fermentation exposed to the elements and wild yeasts on the vines and in the soils. You don’t get much more natural than that. Finally, it is matured for 15 months in older oak barrels. The result has the feel of wild dark berry fruit (by that we mean the kind of alive fruit foraged in the sunshine rather than the muted and plastic-wrapped supermarket sort), earthy petrichor (we’re back outside again), baking spices, dried wildflowers and tangy red apple skin. This is a wine like no other and we highly recommend taking it outside.
Established in 2004, Greystone organically farm 33 hectares of vineyards in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. Once an old sheep farm, the rolling Omihi hills have limestone soils filled with fossils, seashells and pebbles, inspiring the name Greystone. As well as being a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and being certified organic by BioGro, this is a winery on the very cutting edge of terroir-driven wines. No herbicides, insecticides or systemic fungicides are used at all, just organic methods and biodynamic soil management. Although we wouldn’t go as far as to describe them as vegan friendly because biodynamic farming does require some unusual uses of animal bits, their wines are bottled without fining or filtration, so animal products aren’t used in the winemaking process. Their innovative and labour-intensive approach has yielded multiple trophies from Decanter Magazine, and in 2018 they were named Winery of the Year by respected New Zealand wine critic Raymond Chan and Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller Wine.
£5.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3359630
Style No.: 853424
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