Pinot Noir Central Otago
100% Pinot Noir from grapes grown in Central Otago, in majority from the Lowburn vineyard, overlooking Lake Dunstan. A variety of clones is sourced from these vineyards and all fruit is hand harvested. Conditions in Central Otago allow long ripening periods, providing great fruit expression and structure to the wine.
About 20% of whole bunch goes to tank; the remainder is destemmed and partially crushed. After a period of cold soak, the ferment starts naturally and a regime of 2 cap punch downs and 2 pump-overs follows during fermentation. After approximately 21 days on the skins, the tank is drained and pressed to barrel for the malolactic fermentation. Blending takes place in December, once the malo is completed and the wines have stabilized. This Pinot Noir was bottled after about 18 months of barrel maturation (1, 2 and 3 year old) and a light egg-white fining to eliminate the harsher tannins.
Intense cherry and plum with spicy hints of Christmas cake and a savory complexity of dried herbs. The palate is plush and elegant with complex ripe dark cherry fruit flavors and fine spicy oak character. The wine is well balanced, with ripe fruit flavors and spicy oak lift on the finish. The dry conditions of the Cromwell basin add notes of wild herbs and a firm mineral structure to this Pinot Noir. 13.5% alcohol.
About the Producer
Paritua was established in 2003 and is owned by 5 shareholding families. The name is a tribute to the Paritua Stream, which flows gently through the vineyard. Paritua means the meandering stream above the ancient river. The vineyard is planted over the historical riverbed of the nearby Ngaruroro River which flowed through until the 1860s earthquake. It is a name that also acknowledges the connection with the land and the people of New Zealand.
The vineyards are located in the heart of Hawkes Bay, in the ‘Bridge Pa Triangle’ district - a premium wine-growing sub-region that extends over more than 2,000 hectares on the western side of the Heretaunga plains and includes the largest concentration of vineyards in Hawke’s Bay. The 53 hectares (130 acres) of vines were planted in a single-block in 2003, with 70% devoted to red varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec – and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay completing the picture. Surrounded by hills, Paritua’s vineyard enjoys stony, free draining soils, long summers and crisp winters, which combine to create exceptional wines. Wines bearing the Paritua name are only produced in outstanding vintages, while the Stone Paddock wines are made every year using estate grapes grown and carefully selected purchased fruit. The total production is 20,000 - 25,000 cases per year.
The development of the vineyard and winery infrastructure was a collaboration with leading New Zealand architects, Crosson Clarke Carnachan who understood the drive for bold architecture that truly embraces the landscape. Every design aspect was carefully considered - the winemaking operation had to be not only efficient, but also sustainable with the added requirement to sit gracefully in its environment.
Farming practices: the vineyard is 100% accredited by Sustainable Winegrowers of New Zealand (SWNZ), widely recognized as a world-leading sustainability program, one of the first to be established in the international wine industry. Paritua has also recently started down the organic certification track; they are in conversion to be certified as Organic by 2021. BioGro NZ are the Organic auditing body who they are working with to achieve this.