Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Matt Patterson-Green

Matt has been leading the winemaking team at Jackson Estate for more than nine years now, looking to express the true nature of their vineyards, crafting interesting and enjoyable wines. Jackson Estate has calmly and gradually received acclaim for their Pinot Noir wine, crafted by respecting their cool climate vineyards that produce ideal fruit.
The ‘Vintage Widow’ Pinot Noir is named in recognition of the partners and families of the winemaking team, who are left at home during vintage, but not forgotten.


The fruit for this wine was sourced from six Pinot Noir clones grown in their ‘Gum Emperor’ and ‘Somerset’ vineyard blocks located in the south Waihopai Valley. The 2011 growing season was long with a warm start and early flowering; the weather leading up to harvest was cooler than average and variable. With favourable late dry spells aiding in harvesting fruit with concentrated flavours and ripe tannins. Each parcel of fruit was hand-picked over a 20 day period, then gently de-stemmed into small open fermenters, with a large portion of whole berries retained in the mix. A pre-fermentation soak lasted for approximately 5 days preceded a warm and rapid wild ferment, with temperatures reaching 32-34°C, with all batches having their cap hand plunged daily.
Post primary fermentation the wine rested on skins for 14 days before being pressed to a mixture of new and older French oak barrels for maturation. The wine then went through natural malolactic fermentation in late spring, finishing in late December. Early February each batch was gently removed from barrel and tasted before blending and bottling mid March 2012, with the wine being bottled without fining or filtration.
A deep cherry red fills the glass, with a bright hue. This Pinot Noir has a concentrated aroma of red and black wild berries, combined with dried herbs and subtle spice notes. On the palate the wine expresses flavours of rich, ripe berries with a silky smooth texture and medium-weight mouth feel. The wines tannins are balanced and well integrated, creating a lingering impression, harmony and a definitive signature of their Southern Marlborough vineyards. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-17°C.

A cool climate Pinot Noir with true early drinkability.

Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and through until the middle of 2016.

Perfect wine pairing with seasoned fungi pasta, smoked salmon, duck spring rolls, plus with quality paté and crackers, enjoy.