Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 and Pinot Noir 2014

The role of Pinot Noir at Spy Valley is multi-faceted. The making of rosé wine by Spy Valley is as serious an undertaking as any of the other wines in the range. Spy Valley use fruit dedicated to the style and grown in selected parts of the estate. Fruit is picked early for freshness, and is handled with care to avoid harshness and skin contact is carefully monitored to obtain the desired pale colour. The wine is essentially made as a white wine. The 2015 release was a further step for viticulturist Adam McCone, and winemaking team led by Paul Bourgeois to make dedicated rosé rather than as a red table wine by-product, and the 2016 continues the work.

The table wine Pinot Noir wine is also a most important one. No doubt the innovative work on the ‘Envoy’ wines has provided techniques to improve the breed of the more accessible bottling. Paul and his team have focussed on achieving a greater natural balance and avoid unnecessary additions, and this is achieved by earlier picking to retain acidity. The search for improved structure is based on appropriate vineyard sites and soils. The new release 2014 Pinot Noir shows this. Here, I review the 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé and 2014 Pinot Noir. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz


  • Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
  • Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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