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Big Sky Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

03 April,2018

Big Sky Wines is one of a number of high-profile, quality-focussed winegrowers on Te Muna Road in Martinborough. Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban took over an established site with 1.8 ha of Sauvignon Blanc and clone 10/5 Pinot Noir, the vines planted in 1989, and 4.2 ha of clone 115 Pinot Noir. Originally supplying contract fruit, they now focus on their own wine. Katherine and Jeremy are both fully hands-on in the vineyard, and making the wine. They have an eclectic range with sparkling and oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, a rosé and two tiers of Pinot Noir, the flagship under the ‘Provenance’ label. Katherine and Jeremy source the Gruner Veltliner from neighbour Craggy Range, and supplement their own Pinot Noir with fruit from the ‘Pond Paddock’ vineyard over the road. The wines are generally fulsome and very tasty. Here, I review the 2015 Big Sky Pinot Noir. www.bigskywines.co.nz

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Big Sky Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5/20

Light ruby-red colour with some depth, paler on the edge with a little purple. The nose is elegantly concentrated with very good depth and intensity of complex, savoury dark-red berry fruits entwined with well-packed aromas of dried herbs, earth and undergrowth, and suggestions of whole bunch dried stalk detail. This has secondary development and interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and deep flavours of sweet and savoury dark-red berry fruits interwoven with a layering of dried herbs melded with earth and nutty notes. The palate has richness and the mouthfeel underlined by a fresh line of acidity. The wine flows with good power and drive along a fine-structured palate line. The wine carries to a succulent, lingering finish. This is a powerfully driven, well-concentrated and intensely packed Pinot Noir with complex secondary sweet and savoury fruit along with dried herbs and earth. Match with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 6-8 years. Predominantly clone 115 fruit with 10/5 from the ‘Big Sky’ vineyard, with some Abel clone from ‘Pond Paddock’ fermented with 10% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new oak. 18.5-/20 Jun 2018 RRP $37.95

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