TerraVin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 – 2011

20-Jun-2016
It is coming up to two years since TerraVin and Highfield announced their merger. The administrative side has been combined, and as intended, the two brands retain their specialist identities. Pinot Noir is arguably the focus for TerraVin and winemaker Gordon Ritchie. Gordon has sourced fruit from top vineyard sites, such as the ‘Cowley’ and ‘Eaton’ sites, but has increasingly used fruit from the company’s ‘Calrossie’ vineyard in the southern Wither Hills. This hillside side has provided fruit of growing calibre as the vines have matured. At one stage, it was proposed to call this site the ‘TerraVin Hillside Vineyard’, but Gordon tells me they have reverted happily and less confusingly to ‘Calrossie’.

Highfield TerraVin intend marketing a three vintage-pack of TerraVin Pinot Noir in the coming future. It will offer consumers the opportunity of seeing the house style of this successful wine, but also vintage variation as well as the subtle evolution of the style. The chance to review the wines also gives me that opportunity. The vintages are 2013, 2012 and 2011. 2013 saw a late start, but warm November and December temperatures resulted in beautifully ripe grapes. Harvest was between 27 March and 15 April. In 2012, a cool spring and summer saw reduced yields, but the March ‘Indian Summer’ resulted in wines of excellent concentration. Harvest was between 3 April and 1 May. 2011 was a moderate yielding vintage of small berries, the wines concentrated, but well balanced. Harvest was between 17 March and 4 April. www.terravin.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • TerraVin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • TerraVin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
  • TerraVin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

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