Fromm 2016 ‘La Strada’, ‘Churton’, ‘Quarters’, Clayvin’, ‘Fromm’ and ‘Cuvee H’ Pinot Noirs

29-Mar-2018

Fromm Winery has long been recognised as one of the best producers of Pinot Noirs in Marlborough and indeed New Zealand. In 2017, Fromm Winery made a very large leap forward by releasing a largely increased range of Pinot Noirs. Added to the more accessible ‘La Strada’ Pinot Noir and single vineyard ‘Clayvin’ and ‘Fromm’ wines, were single vineyard wines from the ‘Churton’ and ‘Quarters’ vineyards. This was supplemented by a new ‘flagship blended’ Pinot Noir the ‘Cuvee H’, a harmonious blended-site wine, named as a tribute to founding winemaker Hatsch Kalberer. These wines came from the excellent 2015 vintage. (Click here to see my reviews of the 2015 single vineyard wines, and here to see my review of the 2015 ‘Cuvee H’.) Also made in 2017 was the ‘Pinot Noir Natural’, a fresh style made with minimal additions, reminiscent of sophisticated Beaujolais (click here to see my review).

In the space of a year, Fromm Winery has progressed from a leading single vineyard proponent of Marlborough Pinot Noir to become what may be the unassailable leader in the region, and one of the few Pinot Noir producers country-wide, such as Escarpment Vineyard, Valli and Gibbston Valley, who specialise in showcasing site and terroir across several bottlings. Here, I review the 2016 vintage Pinot Noirs, the ‘La Strada’, single vineyards ‘Churton’, ‘Quarters;’, ‘Clayvin’ and ‘Fromm’, and the ‘Cuvee H’. Fromm’s sales and marketing manager Adam Balasoglou tells me that 2016 was a good growing season that produced bigger berries and larger bunch weights. The Fromm team did crop-thinning, but essentially 2016 is a vintage with lower skin to juice ratio, resulting in more elegant and accessible wines than the 2015s. What is particularly notable is the vineyard character appears very consistent with the two vintages.  www.frommwinery.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Fromm ‘La Strada’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Fromm ‘Churton Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Fromm ‘Quarters Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Fromm ‘Clayvin Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Fromm ‘Fromm Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Fromm ‘Cuvee H’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

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