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Vynfields 2014 ‘Estate and ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir

13 September,2017
Vynfields was established by the late John Bell and Kaye McAulay when they purchased an existing vineyard in Martinborough in 1998. Through their determined work, they brought the vineyard up to be certified BioGro organic and certified Demeter biodynamic, and developed an excellent and eclectic range of Pinot Noir and Riesling based wines, made by Marion Deimling of Schubert Wines. In February 2014, Vynfields was purchased by a syndicate headed by Harry and Zinder Guo, who have sold much of the production to the Chinese market where some of their partner operate. In concentrating on export, there is a diminished domestic presence, and the Guos have instituted a number of changes to meet their market demands, such as sealing the bottles in natural cork, rather than screwcap. The BioGro organic certification is valued by their markets, and although the vineyard is run to biodynamic regimes, that certification is not essential for their export clients. The philosophy of the Pinot Noirs remains the same, where selected vineyard parcels are cropped at low (33 hL/ha) and lower (27 hL/ha) yields for the ‘Estate’ and ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noirs respectively. Here, I review the new release 2014 Vynfields ‘Estate’ and ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noirs. www.vynfields.com

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Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18-/20
Dark, moderately deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full nose with a complex array of aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with an amalgam of savoury herbs, earth and red florals. Full-bodied, the palate has well-concentrated and taut flavours of ripe dark-red berry fruit with hints of plums, and a subtle underlay of savoury dark herbs. The palate has supple, positive tannin extraction and integrated acidity, and is driven by some underlying alcoholic power which adds to the fruit sweetness. The flavours flow with good linearity leading to a long, lingering finish of dark berryfruit, with spices and red florals. This is a powerfully driven, well-concentrated Pinot Noir with flavours of ripe cherries, berries and plums, with savoury herb and earth notes, and a lingering finish. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 5-6 years. Made from clone 5 and 115 fruit from rows dedicated to the ‘Estate’ wine, cropped at 33 hl/ha, fully destemmed and fermented to 15.0% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 12 months in 40% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 490 dozen made. 18.0-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $45.00

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

Vynfields Martinborough ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5/20
Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with black-purple hues, a little lighter edged. The nose is softly voluminous with good depth and a rounded, concentrated core of ripe, dark-red berry fruit along with notes of dark plums and an underlay of savoury dark herbs and earthy nuances, unfolding red floral and nutty oak notes. Full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich, ripe fruit flavours of black and dark-red berry fruit with plum notes, harmoniously entwined with subtle savoury herb and earth elements, and spicy, nutty oak. This has considerable alcoholic power, which is integrated with the fruit richness and fine-grained, well-extracted structure. The flavours carry to a long and sustained sweet-fruited finish of ripe black fruits. This is a rich, ripe, sweet black berried and plum fruited Pinot Noir with subtle savoury complexities on a powerful, but integrated palate, and a very long finish. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. Made from fruit from rows dedicated to the ‘Reserve’ wine, cropped at 27 hl/ha, fully destemmed and fermented to 15.0% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 12 months in 85% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 170 dozen made. 18.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $79.00

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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