Pinot Noir Martinborough
This family vineyard of 2 hectares was planted in 1990 with 100% Pinot Noir of Dijon clones, 10/5 and some close planted Abel clone on low fruiting wires. The vineyard is situated on New York Street, a 10 minute walk from the town centre but set on the legendary ancient river terraces of Martinborough. The soils are predominantly free draining river gravels with varying depths of wind blown silts and a small amount of clay towards the eastern boundary.
The fruit was hand picked and carefully sorted. 10% whole bunches with stems were used in the fermenter. A 5 day cold soak was followed by the fermenter being warmed to encourage the wild ferment. Throughout the fermentation the vat was hand plunged to allow for gentle extraction. After fermentation the must was macerated for an additional 3 days before being drained and pressed to 30% one year old oak barriques with the balance to three year old barriques allowing the elegance of the wine to be featured. After 10 months in barrel the wine was racked to tank to settle, before being bottled unfiltered.
Ruby color with aromas of raspberry, spice, dark toast and forest floor. Bright and perky attack with soft, savory notes and supple acidity. The structure is built on fine grain and chalky tannins with a lingering juicy finish.
Farming: farmed sustainably but transitioning to organic. This vineyard is dry farmed and has been for the past 10 seasons. No herbicide, fungicide or pesticide are used.
About the Producer
Decibel Wines are Daniel Brennan’s vision to create minimal intervention wines using classic practices, natural wines with a community based attitude. After traveling through Europe and America with a band of musicians, artists and craftsmen, he docked in Philadelphia where he discovered New Zealand wines. Following the spirit of his great grandfather Miguel Rodolico, a barrel cooper and winemaker who traveled from Sicily to America in search of inspiration, Daniel left for New Zealand in 2007.
Farming/vinification practices: all the wines are sustainably grown and certified. However, each vineyard has its own story and some are moving toward organic and biodynamic practices. All the wines are vegan.