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Surveyor Thomson

Explorer Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 750ml

Product Code: 810178-201575
Surveyor Thomson

Explorer Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 750ml

Explorer Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 750ml

Product Code: 810178-201575
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Lifted red fruit aromatics with spicy notes and dark mocha aromas, followed by a lively palate and a soft elegant texture. The Explorer 2014 is showing great density and persistence with a refined purity and expression of site.
  • New Zealand
  • Pinot Noir

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Product Description
Source: Winemaker,
Lifted red fruit aromatics with spicy notes and dark mocha aromas, followed by a lively palate and a soft elegant texture. The Explorer 2014 is showing great density and persistence with a refined purity and expression of site.

Vintage Summary 2014:
The growing season started off well with good soil moisture left over from winter. A cool start to October stalled growth which then shot away with a dose of rainfall in early November coupled with a really warm spell (it felt like summer had arrived in November). Coupled with a very calm spring from a wind perspective and good temperatures during flowering and fruit set, an excellent crop was set.
Late in December the temperatures cooled down for about 6 weeks until the end of January (one of the coldest on record) but the season picked up some heat in the latter part of summer with a warmer and drier than average autumn.
Harvest kicked off a little earlier than average with first pickings starting on the 1st April (no joke!) and ending mid-May. The overall fruit quality was very good due to the low late season rainfall and our bio-dynamic practises are really coming to the forefront of fruit health and flavour. Our 2014 pinots are showing great promise with deep colour, nice texture and weight, with a refined purity and expression of site.

Technical notes:
The grapes that into our Explorer wine primarily came from the top terrace Moon Block at Surveyor Thomson vineyard, Clarks Road, Lowburn in Central Otago. 100% estate grown and handpicked from the higher altitude Moonblock (295m), the vines were planted in 2003. We produced our first vintage of Explorer in 2008 with a variety of clones planted including UCD5, UCD6, Dijon 115, 667 and 777.
A typical ferment was 7-10 days cold soak at 6-10cels, 7-10 days fermentation at 16-33cels, 7-10 days post maceration at 22-30C*. All natural yeasts in 7 different ferments, hand plunged 2 times a day, 15% of the fruit was whole bunch to bring out lifted fruit aromatics and the remainder destemmed, not crushed. 60% of the wine went to french oak barriques for 10 months of which 10% was new.

The wine had a light organic egg white fining and a medium filtration for clarity and precision of flavours.
Stylistically, we are trying to place our more youthful vines into this wine as they tend to have a natural fruit driven exuberance which we wish to retain. Whilst this wine has the ability to age, we presume the wine would be best enjoyed in its first 5 years after release.

pH 3.58
TA 6.0 g/l
residual sugar 0 - 1 g/l
Bottled on the 17th March 2015
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