Mt. Beautiful

2015 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

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Appellation

  • North Canterbury

Analysis at Bottling

  • Alcohol: 14%

Bottled

  • March 2016

Production

  • 2780 Cases

Purchase

$27.99

Flavor Profile

Anyway you look at it, our Pinot Noir is the pinnacle of what we at Mt. Beautiful are all about. Subtlety is the secret inside this wine. It begins with sophisticated fragrances of black cherries and violets while showcasing an elegantly expressive palate of ripe bramble fruit and subtle tannins. As the personal favorite of our owner David Teece, it’s incredibly important for our Pinot Noir to showcase the best aspects of the varietal, therefore it is grown in the highest elevation in the vineyard. 

 

Winemaker Notes

2015 was the best vintage for Pinot Noir we have experienced yet at Mt. Beautiful. It is also the first vintage made in our brand new state-of-the-art winemaking facility specially designed for producing small lot Pinot Noir. Good
flowering led to even bunches and well-balanced vines. Although the summer season was warmer than normal with hot days and warm nights, cooling easterly winds helped to slow ripening.

All our fruit was hand-picked, de-stemmed and gravity fed to tank. Individual blocks were fermented separately, and comprised of multi clonal blends which add complexity and aid the integration of flavours. Seven days of
cold soaking were followed by a fast ferment, with punch downs twice a day to achieve an aromatic wine with good tannin balance.

After two weeks of post-ferment maceration, the grapes were pressed, with free-run and pressings kept separate. Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels; 25% of which were new, the wine went through malo-lactic
fermentation in barrel, racked once and lightly fined with egg whites prior to bottling in March.

 

The Perfect Match

Pair our Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir with crispy duck, wild pork and watercress sandwiches, spring lamb and a romantic mood.