Richmond Plains produced New Zealand's first certified organic Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Our Pinot Noir is made in an elegant appealing style which can be enjoyed when young but will also benefit from a little cellaring allowing it to develop more complex characters.
Tasting: Fragrant floral red cherry, strawberry and raspberry notes. A complex nose with earthy savoury and spicy characters. Delicious sweet cherry and berry fruit flavours with some earthy forest floor and spicy notes. French oak gives subtle structure to this fruity Pinot Noir with a lovely lingering finish. Enjoy with salmon, roast poultry or red meats.
Wine Making: Grapes bunches were thinned and hand harvested to maximise flavours and fruit quality. The fruit was crushed and de-stemmed and transferred to open fermenters. After a period of cold maceration for 4 days the juice was inoculated for fermentation. Regular hand plunging up to 19 days was carried out in the winery. The fermenting juice was then transferred into a French oak barrels (10% new) for maturation and to wait for secondary fermentation in the spring before bottling in the new year.
Diet: This wine is suitable for a vegan diet.
Spicy and savoury, this engaging pinot shows dried cherry, ripe strawberry, dark spice, game and mushroom characters on the nose. The palate is beautifully rounded and supple, displaying ripe berry flavours together with silky texture and fine, polished tannins. 90 points, 4½ Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Feb 2019