Oyster Bay Pinot Noir
Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is elegant cool climate Pinot Noir at its best. Fragrant, soft and flavourful with aromas of ripe cherries and sweet fruit tannins that provide structure and length.
The growing season commenced with a warm and settled spring, enabling an early budburst and excellent flowering conditions. By the end of December, Growing Degree Days were ahead of the long-term average, setting the scene for excellent shoot growth and fruit set. Summer conditions remained warm and dry throughout the mid-season. This provided for healthy vine canopies, slow and even ripening, and good flavour development in the fruit. Harvest commenced prior to a significant amount of overdue rainfall at the tail end of the growing season. One of the great growing seasons, combining well balanced fruit with exceptional varietal flavour development.
The fruit was picked from selected vineyard blocks to provide blending components and more complexity to the wine. The fruit was de-stemmed and crushed directly into a combination of open and closed top stainless steel fermentation tanks. Following pre-fermentation maceration, the must was inoculated with a range of pure yeast cultures. The open ferment was hand plunged up to three times a day and a small portion of the blend was run off to complete fermentation in French oak barriques. After 7 days total maceration time, the wine was pressed off into tank and French oak barriques to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was then matured for 11 months and racked prior to final blending.