Julicher Estate Pinot Noir 2012
Region - 'Te Muna' means 'secret place' and the Te Muna Terraces are situated five km east of Martinborough village. The vine growing area is situated in the old Huangarua River path sheltered by the Aorangi Ranges.
Viticulture - This Pinot Noir is a blend of different clones sourced from different blocks in our vineyard. The grapes were hand-harvested at maximum ﬂavour maturity.
Terroir - The soils of Te Muna Terraces are free-draining alluvial gravel, which are rich in minerals making it ideal for growing grapes. The climate is an extention of Martinborough and similar to Burgundy, being only slightly cooler due to higher altitude, but with long cool summers and low rainfall providing the optimum long ripening conditions for grapes.
Winemaking - The grapes were hand-harvested and de-stemmed into small open top vats for fermentation. The must received a 4 to 5 day cool pre-fermentation maceration before the fermentation begun. The cap was treated with a punch down 3 times daily during the peak of fermentation. After fermentation finished, the wine was pressed to new and old French oak barrels for maturation and underwent complete malolactic fermentation in the spring. The wine was racked off lees and blended, minimal fined, and filtered for clarity.
Colour - Dark Cherry Red
Palate - Savoury and spicy with flavours of dark cherries and thyme. Elegant and luscious wine with balanced acidity and great tannin structure.
Aroma - Perfumed with aromas of cherries, plums and dark berries with a hint of dried owers and herbs and toasty notes.
Variety and Clones - Pinot Noir clones 5, 115, 667 and Abel
Harvest dates - 18.4.-5.5. 2012
Harvest Analysis - Brix 20.5-22.2, pH 3.36-3.42, TA 8.0-9.6 g/L
Oak Maturation - 10 months in 25% new French oak
Bottling Date - 2013
Wine Analysis - Alc. 12.32%, pH 3.67, TA 5.4g/L
Cellaring Potential - Drink from now until 2022