The Fifth Innings

Pinot Noir 2016

The 2016 Marlborough vintage delivered some good solid weather during the ripening period where warm sunny days were followed by cool nights. This unique combination of climate, soils and terrain is what makes the region stand out on the world stage, and this is best highlighted with the Fifth Innings.

The vintage resulted in Pinot Noir bunches with nice small berries and good skin to juice ratio, resulting in great colour and flavour for the wine.

Whole bunch fermentation and aging in new French barrique makes the wine instantly appealing with impressive complex notes on the nose showing spiced cherry, dark plum, dried herb, cedar and floral aromas.

The palate is concentrated and elegant at the same time, offering wonderful fruit purity brilliantly enhanced by a silky texture and deep savoury undertones. A fine wine that is refined and engaging, wonderfully structured by fine, firm tannins.

Limited production with only 3000 bottles available; each bottle individually numbered.

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Vintage

The 2014 Marlborough vintage was the warmest of the last 10 years if not the last 20 years and will go down in history as one of the best on record. The growing season (bud-burst) began in October with warmer than usual conditions which continued right through into late March and April experiencing a beautiful “Indian summer”. The long, warm, and sunny days gave us excellent ripening conditions and we knew we were in for a big crop so careful vineyard management of shoot thinning and dropping of bunches allowed us to achieve very intense flavours across all varieties.

Vinification

The very best fruit for this wine was hand picked in whole clusters from our Rapaura Vineyard. In the winery the whole clusters were given a cold soak for 96 hours to help extract color and tannin before a warm natural ferment (32°C) with a selection of burgundy yeasts in open top fermenters with frequent gentle hand-plunging. The clusters were kept whole to enhance aromatic and flavor complexity along with a more bold and lengthy tannin structure from the warm fermentation.

Tasting Note

Our Fifth Innings Pinot Noir is hand crafted from only the very best whole clusters of our Rapaura vineyard, this age-worthy wine displays intense fruit flavours, layers of elegant complexity and deep concentration. The seductive yet complex aromas of red cherry, plum, cassis give way to a palate of savoury flavours and subtle oak spice with an underlying touch of dried herb. Soft and silky with moderate tannins the palate is lush and mouthfilling with great concentration and length.