Leefield Station Pinot Noir 750ml 2017
Awards: TROPHY - Best in Show New Zealand Red Wine, Mundus Vini Wine Awards 2019. GOLD China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019.
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Units Per Case: 6
The inaugural release of Leefield Station Pinot Noir delivers a seam of vivid red berry fruits that speak strongly to the cool-climate growing conditions of the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough. This core of pure red fruits sits amidst savoury elements of grape stem, smoke and a hint of classic Pinot Noir funk.
Lovingly hand-picked fruit was predominately de-stemmed without crushing into small open-top fermentation tanks. Some whole clusters were included in select batches to add complexity and length to the final assemblage.
The grapes were cold-soaked for around 5 - 7 days, before a rapid, warm fermentation. The ferments were hand-plunged 3 or 4 times each day to keep the skins in intimate contact with the fermenting juice, then left to macerate for an additional week post-ferment to ensure optimum flavour development and integrated tannin extraction.
The young wines were then drained and pressed before being aged in French oak puncheons for 9 months during which time