Fancrest Estate – Bold Waipara Pinot Noir

Fancrest Estate is a specialist organic producer in the Waipara Valley based at Omihi. Diane and Ian Holding have a young 5.4 ha vineyard planted in 2003 to Pinot Noir (and a few Pinot Gris vines in Burgundian fashion) on limestone soil. The aim is total quality with hands-on work and low yields at under 2 tonnes per hectare. The initial wines were made at the Successors winery, now known as Crater Rim, but the Di Holding finished off the 2009s and 2010 wines, and entirely made the 2011s at their ‘open air' winery at the vineyard site, wanting to have greater control of the vinification and elevage. Using contract facilities is "like cooking in someone else's kitchen” says Di. Fancrest became fully BioGro certified organic in March 2010. This review covers the four vintages produced, and all show bold flavours and vintage representation. This is a Waipara Valley Pinot Noir producer to follow. www.fancrest.com


  • Fancrest Estate Waipara Pinot Noir 2008

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