Vynfields ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

The 2011 Vynfields Pinot Noir has been a success story for John Bell and Kaye McAulay in Martinborough. For a vintage that has produced a more elegant and aromatic style of wine in the district, theirs is a truly classically-styled one that has grown into itself over the past few months (click here to see my review). I’ve rated their ‘estate’ at 5-stars and watched become even more delicious as time goes on. The ‘Reserve’ wine is aimed to be another step up, and is usually more backward and complex, needing more time to hit its straps. The wine is drawn from other selected blocks of the 5.3 ha vineyard, cropped even lower than the ‘estate’ wine, which is pretty much at the grand cru level as in Burgundy. In 2011, the ‘estate’ wine yield was 40 hl/ha, whereas the ‘Reserve’ wine was 27 hl/ha. For a comparison, the grand cru burgundy yield is capped at 35 hl/ha. While treated very similarly in the winery by Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling, there are subtle differences between the ‘estate’ and ‘Reserve’ wines in fermentation, extraction and oaking regime to match the style and intensity of the fruit. Here, I review the new Vynfields ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir 2011. www.vynfields.com


  • Vynfields ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

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