William Grace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

04-Dec-2017

Planting 1,000 Pinot Noir vines on 0.1 ha of land in New York Street on the Martinborough Terrace in 2009, burgundy wine enthusiast Mark St Clair and his partner Debbie Bowie have created their William Grace wine venture. ‘William Grace’ from the middle names of their children, son James and older sister Emma. The vines are 75% is Abel clone and the remaining 25% clone 115. The vineyard is managed to organic and biodynamic regimes, and with the close planting and viticulture of two canes and one bunch per shoot to ensure low yields. The vineyard yielded its first crop in 2012, and to date only one barrel of wine or just over 20 dozen wine is made annually. The very windy conditions during flowering in 2015 has resulted in only 144 bottles made. The mico-vinification of the William Grace wines is under the care of Paul Mason at Martinborough Vineyard, with inputs from Mark, who has worked vintage there for a number of years. Mark and Paul give considerable thought to the oaking to improve fruit definition. The aims, aspiration and management of the venture make it a fascinating one to follow. Here, I review the new release 2015 vintage wine. I think I am seeing an attractive, elegant and refined style of wine with red fruits and florals emanating from the site with consistency. www.williamgrace.co.nz


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