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Caythorpe Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

06 June,2017
The Bishell family are long-time grapegrowers, supplying some of the best known labels in Marlborough with mainly Sauvignon Blanc planted in 1987. The variety now accounts for 100 ha of the 110 ha planted, which in turn makes up just under 60% of their integrated farming business. Situated next to the Woodbourne aerodrome, the vineyard is in prime land, and with the care and attention that the Bishells put into their growing, their fruit is highly sought-after.

In 2015, the Bishells introduced their own label wine, a Sauvignon Blanc from that vintage, made from selected parcels of fruit, vinified by Jeremy McKenzie at the Isabel facility. The wine proved an immediate success. The 2016 wine is not quite as fulsome as the 2015, but it is more refined. As men of the land, Simon and Scott Bishell continue their practical agricultural approach of diversification, so have introduced their first Pinot Noir from the 3 ha of clone 115 fruit planted in 2002. I tasted the wine with the Bishells in March earlier this year (click here to see my report). The Bishells and winemaker McKenzie have been conservative in their winemaking and style to ensure accessibility and drinkability of this first release. Here is my review of the wine.


Caythorpe Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

Moderately deep ruby-red colour with light purple hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with fresh, bright and uncomplicated primary fruit aromas of dark cherries and strawberries. The fruit is up-front, unfolding nuances of dark herbs and dark red florals to form a positive core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front and easy with light, succulent fruit flavours of dark cherries and strawberries, along with fresh herbs and red floral aromatics. The mouthfeel is fresh and vibrant, with lively acidity and the fruit is supportedby light, supple tannin extraction. The flavours carry through to a lingering, fruity finish. This is an elegant, up-front and accessible Pinot Noir with fresh and succulent primary cherry and strawberry fruit with a fresh mouthfeel and light, supple tannins. Match with antipasto, pasta, tapas and poultry dishes over the next 3 years. Clone 115 fruit fully destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine spending 22 days on skins and aged 11 months in seasoned French oak. 5 barrels made. 16.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $24.95

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