Lauregan Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2014 and 2013

14-Jun-2016
One of the most interesting Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noirs I’ve seen to date is the Lauregan Wines inaugural commercial bottling from the 2013 vintage. Tasted in October 2014, it impressed with its ripe black fruits, richness and structure. The wine is the passion of Mike and Hazel Old who established a small 1.6 ha vineyard on Kahuranaki Road on the eastern side of the Tukituki River is at the northern end of Central Hawke’s Bay in 1995. The Dijon clones of Pinot Noir vines were replanted over the original Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon that performed inconsistently. Mike and Hazel dry farm the vineyard and aim at very low yields, and have Leith Ashworth assist with the winemaking.

Mike and Hazel are aware of the robust nature of the wine, which is the result of site, their preferred stylistic interpretation and vintage, and will see if there is more finesse in future vintages. Here, I review the 2014 Pinot Noir, a wine that was more dictated by the season which meant earlier picking. 300 dozen bottles were made, an increase over the previous year, as new plantings came on stream and increased viticultural attention was applied. Mike Old reports there will be 180 dozen of the 2015, and around 300 dozen of the 2016. The Olds prefer to work to a viticultural standard rather than aim for a preferred tonnage. The 2013 wine has also been retasted and my notes follow too. I have upgraded my rating on this powerful and vibrant wine. www.laureganwines.co.nz


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  • Lauregan Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2014
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