Alexander and Dusty Road 2017 Martinborough Pinot Noirs

20-Jul-2018

Michael Finucane and Roz Walker have been operating Alexander Vineyard a boutique Martinborough wine operation since 1996. They have 5 ha of vines in Hinakura Road dedicated to Pinot Noir with a small amount of Merlot and some Chardonnay just added. Their wines took a step up in quality with the commissioning of their new winery, with cellar door, in 2014. Mike and Roz are increasing the complexity of the Pinot Noirs with increasing use of indigenous yeasts, whole cluster fermentation and new oak, and I’ve rated their recent efforts with 5-star ratings. 2017 was a difficult vintage with ripeness, weather and disease pressures, but Mike and Roz reported that they were happy with the ripeness of their fruit, and decided to be severe with their fruit selection, thus omitting the mainly Dijon clone Pinot Noir (and Merlot) fruit from the ‘House Block’, resulting in a drop of 25% of their production for that year. They have also dialled back on the inputs to match the fruit. Here, I review the 2017 ‘Dusty Road’ and premium ‘Alexander’ Pinot Noirs. For availability, contact Michael Finucane on Tel: 06 306-8171 or Email: [email protected]


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Alexander ‘Dusty Road’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Alexander Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017

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