Appealing at once, the nose of our Pinot Noir 2012 is ripe with plum, aromatic spice and red florals. The palate is focussed with a savoury architecture; bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and spice play with leather and hints of earthiness.
Grapes for this sauvignon blanc are sourced from estate and grower vineyards located in the Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott sub-regions of the Wairau Valley. Soils range from free draining stony on the valley floor to aged alluvial loams containing some clay.
Fresh lime, passion fruit and blackcurrant dominate aromatically and are confirmed to taste.These intense sweet / sour fruits are balanced by a round calcareous acidity lending the wine energy, balance and a dry palate cleansing finish.
Pirathon Shiraz 2011 is rich purple-black in colour. Very deep colour for '11; earthy/tarry black fruits and firm tannins track the bouquet; some clever work needed for this outcome, with the mid-palate fruit of a warmer vintage.