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Pinot Noir Naturel by Fromm 2017

10 January,2018

My understanding and admiration for the wines of Fromm Winery of Marlborough is based on the classical style and single site expressions of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, and the finesse of the Riesling wines. As Fromm would put it "we try to avoid becoming fashion victims”, and this focus on the best quality wines modelled on the best examples in the world has stood them in good stead. However, Fromm also states "we like to make wine we like to drink” and will make wines in different styles if the market appreciates them. Hence this new release "Pinot Noir Naturel”, made in a different style to the established bottlings.

The Pinot Noir Naturel has been designed to offer youthful drinkability with vibrancy, energy and without complication. Over the years, Fromm has made wine without sulphur, except adding a small amount at bottling to ensure stability. This has resulted brighter and more approachable wines. Combined with an admiration of Domaine Lapierre Morgon Beaujolais, the Fromm team have decided to make their version of the style with Pinot Noir, without sulphur additions, and as naturel as possible. So organic and biodynamic grapegrowing, with no fining or filtration, and no additives, are points adhered to. As inferred above, this is not a step into the ‘natural wine’ category, but a wine made for current enjoyment employing techniques that work towards the style for early enjoyment. I review the wine here.


Pinot Noir Naturel by Fromm 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh with bright, fragrant aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit with a deep core of dark-red florals, subtle minerally notes and hints of herbs and lifted confectionary elements. Medium-bodied, the palate has a vibrant, rounded core of dark cherry and raspberry fruit with nuances of red florals in an amalgam of herbs and lifted confectionary notes. The palate has fruit richness and is enlivened by soft acidity. The mouthfeel is supple with gentle structure that allows the fruitiness to prevail. The wine has good presence and some gravitas, and carries to a softly packed, smooth finish. Match with antipasto, tapas, pasta and risotto over the next 2-3 years. This is a soft, supple, smooth and rounded Pinot Noir with aromatic cherry and raspberry fruit with floral, herb and confectionary notes. Mainly clones 2/10, 10/5 and Abel from the ‘Fromm’, ‘Churton’ and ‘Quarters’ vineyards, the fruit hand-picked and pre-macerated with dry ice, and indigenous yeast fermented with 20-25% whole bunches and a high portion of whole berries to13.0% alc., the wine aged 6 months in seasoned 228 piece barrels, and bottled with no fining or filtration and minimally sulphured at bottling. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $32.00

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