Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Simon Nunns

I enjoy the varietal honesty in the wines which Simon crafts and labels under this ‘Select Vineyard’ range. It is not easy to craft a balanced, early drinking style Pinot Noir. Due to its natural aggressive astringency, which is so expressive in young Pinot Noir wine. Simon and his vineyard team with the assistance from the stunning 2013 growing season, have made an approachable Pinot Noir that will excite if opened in the near or aged for a short time.

 

They select small parcels and aim to carefully craft, good value wines, which are bright and regional in style. Theses wines are made in early drinking styles, food-friendly, designed to inspire and excite a wide array of palates.
Each SV wine comes with a nickname: an affectionate and often quirky reference to its origins, its style or simply a slice of our history. The name for this wine related to where they sourced the fruit from a north-facing terrace above the Wairau River. Gibsons Creek meanders through the vineyard and hence they have named this wine ‘Gibsons Run’. The vineyards from where the fruit was sourced were planted with multiple clones which add real complexity to the wine.
The fruit for this wine was in beautiful condition coming from the acclaimed 2013 vintage - and Simon used traditional, gentle winemaking techniques to ensure that all of the natural vibrancy of the fruit was captured for us to enjoy. The wine spent about a year in French oak (1/3 new) and was undisturbed (apart from being topped up twice) during this time. This hands-off approach has allowed the fruit to shine through. Assemblage is achieved by emptying the barrels with nitrogen gas. Then the wine received a light single filtration before bottling.
In the glass you have a deeply coloured red/purple core with a bright red rim. On the nose this wine expresses dark cherries, ripe plums, with hints of Tamarillo and an integrated background of subtle oak. The palate is full for a Pinot Noir, with firm, yet fine grained tannins and plenty of ripe red berry fruits on the mid palate and combining to produce a pleasing lifted finish. Decant for 20-30 minutes and serve at 16-17°C. 

A vibrant, full flavoured Marlborough Pinot Noir.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age well for another 3-4 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with grilled or smoked salmon, seared tuna, mild pizza, light pasta dishes and with earthy vegetarian cuisine, enjoy.