Fromm ‘Cuvee H’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

Hatsch Kalberer is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded winemakers. From his time in the 1980s with Denis Irwin at Matawhero Wines in Gisborne to the present day, he has maintained the highest standards of winemaking and the most thoughtful approach as is possible in crafting naturally terroir-expressive wines with elegance and classicism in mind, with the least intervention. Hatsch is the most gentle-natured person, but with a subtle, unrivalled drive to achieve his aims. He has the greatest respect of his peers and he is a role model for any serious young winemaker.

Hatsch was the founding winemaker at Fromm Winery in 1992, and the Pinot Noirs he has made, particularly the single vineyard ‘Clayvin’ and ‘Fromm’ wines, have set the standard for Marlborough expressions of the variety. These wines must be counted as the best in the country, and sit comfortably with any high-aspiration bottlings from around the world. They are supremely elegant and show no artefact or winemaking excesses. For that reason, they can be easily overlooked in comparative tastings and show judging. But for sheer drinking pleasure and interest, the Fromm Pinot Noirs have few peers when they have been given appropriate bottle aging. This is exactly why Hatsch has made the wines in the style they are.

The proprietors and staff at Fromm Winery have honoured Hatsch Kalberer and his work with Pinot Noir over the past 25 years with a unique bottling which has been labelled ‘Cuvee H’. The wine not only represents the cumulative observation, learning and understanding of Pinot Noir and the sites it is planted for Fromm in Marlborough, but also his respect, passion and love of the finer expression of the variety. In essence it is a composite of what the single vineyard wines offer. The wine is from the best vintage since 2010, and described by Hatsch as a "vendange de plaisir”. Fromm now deem this as their flagship, but have priced it to be more accessible than the single vineyard bottlings. As Adam Balasoglou of Fromm says, "we just really want to see it drunk and enjoyed!” I review the wine here; it has a completeness of expression. It is due for release at the beginning of February, in time for Pinot Noir 2017. www.frommwinery.co.nz


  • Fromm ‘Cuvee H’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

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