Lake Chalice The Nest Pinot Noir 2016
A light bodied and juicy Pinot Noir with aromatic notes of sweet ripe strawberries, dried herbs and fresh coffee, fresh and silky.
Producer Note - Lake Chalice was established in 1989 with a vision of producing internationally recognised wines from the heart of the Marlborough region. New Zealand's native falcon, the 'Kārearea', is proudly displayed on every bottle of Lake Chalice wine. Kārearea favour the remote mountains and foothills of the upper Awatere and Wairau valleys and these valleys are home to Lake Chalice's three unique vineyard sites. Each vineyard has a diverse microclimate, biodiversity and terroir which are seamlessly translated into multi award winning wines by talented winemaker Chloe Gabrielsen. Taking a boutique approach she handcrafts parcels of fruit from single vineyards into elegant, aromatic, fruit driven wines and has garnered a global reputation of outstanding quality. Certified 'Sustainable Winegrower of New Zealand'.
Vintage - Marlborough's 2016 vintage delivered high yields as a result of ample sunshine hours balanced by well timed, sporadic rainfall. Warm days and cool nights during the closing weeks of harvest presented ideal conditions for the grapes to achieve full maturity; resulting in healthy, concentrated berries. 2016 has been cited as one of the best harvests in a decade.
Vineyard - The fruit for this wine was harvested from vineyards across the Wairau and southern Waihopai Valleys in Marlborough. The vineyards situated in the sheltered southern Waihopai Valley have well-draining clay over gravel soils, offering perfect conditions to bring out the best in the Pinot Noir variety. The vines are trained with two canes resulting in good fruit concentration.
Winemaking - The grapes were delivered to the winery immediately after harvest retaining the freshness of the fruit. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks to retain the purity of fruit and during the peak of fermentation the must was hand-plunged up to eight times per day, in order to ensure the desired levels of fine tannins, colour and flavours were extracted. A light maturation in seasoned French oak barriques followed, imparting subtle complexity to the wine.
Tasting Note - An elegant and silky Pinot Noir with aromatic notes of sweet ripe raspberries, dried herbs and fresh coffee leading to a delicate structure and a savoury finish.
Serving Suggestion - Delicious with tender roast duck or wild mushroom dishes.
Grape Pinot Noir 100%
Winemaker: Chloe Gabrielsen
Region: Marlborough Sub region: Wairau Valley Country: New Zealand
BodyValue: B (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 0.5
Contains Sulphites: Yes