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Deep garnet red in color, the 2002 Terraces Pinot Noir opens with aromas of dark berry fruit and spice that are highlighted by notes of chocolate and coffee. The palate brings rich forward flavours of black plums and ripe raspberries layered with a toasty oak component lent by the barrel aging. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with fine tannin structure and a long lingering finish.
This is the first release of this hand-crafted wine which will be made only in the finest vintages. The fruit is sourced from the company's best Pinot Noir blocks including a stunning terraced hillside. This is very much a handmade wine.
The terraces that give this wine its name are on a small spur adjoining Brancott Estate on the southern end of the generally cool Wairau Valley, a sheltered, warm site that slopes steeply to the east. The slope not only exposes the vine root areas to more heat, but allowed vines to be planted in a north-south orientation to optimize natural sun exposure for fruit on both sides of the vine row. The site was planted in three different clones, on two different rootstocks each - effectively creating six different blending options for the winemaker.
The Brancott Winery opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough. From producing one of the world's first grape tipping tanks, the winery has stayed true to its pioneering herigate and embraced innovation. It was one of the first to commercially plant Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1973, at the top of New Zealand's South Island and has been heavily...Read More About Brancott
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be - Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here;...Read More About Marlborough
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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