Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand
Vinification: The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently destemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins.
Ageing/Maturation: Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months
Auntsfield Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
Dark cherry, blackberry and Doris plum aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of dark chocolate, forest floor, cigar box and floral notes. The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture which is full and concentrated. Interwoven flavours of spice, dark fruit and savoury characters are revealed by a succulent and fine tannin structure. The structure of this wine is tight, yet rich and full with seamless length.
When Graeme and Linda first bought the property, there were no grapes anywhere around them. It wasn’t until they began researching the history of the land, that they realised they had just purchased Marlborough’s very first vineyard.
David Herd arrived in New Zealand in 1854 and conceived this dream of making wine on the Auntsfield Estate. The first grapes were planted in 1873 and he made wine here until his death in 1905 and his son-in-law continued his legacy until 1931. By then Auntsfield had made highly regarded wine for over 50 years. It was another 100 years before the first of the new era vines where planted in the region.
Sited at Auntsfield Vineyard, the old cellar built in 1873 has been lovingly restored to its historical glory. For the Cowley family, the cellar is the first in a long journey to restore a very special part of this region’s history.
Graeme and Linda’s sons – Ben and Luc Cowley are utterly passionate about the part they play in creating the exceptional wines made here at Auntsfield. The relationship of Ben with the land and Luc with the wine is as authentic as wine gets. Ben knows the seasons and the land better than any, this is his soil, these are his vines, his grapes. Ben believes in growing grapes of the highest quality that truly reflect the individuality of Auntsfield Estate. Luc takes the exceptional grapes his brother produces and crafts them into wines that honour the heritage of Auntsfield.