TE MATA PINOT NOIR ALMA 18
This is the first Pinot Noir produced by the iconic Te Mata Estate winery in Hawke's Bay. Separate parcels of grapes were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Vineyards between 3 and 17 March 2018. Each individual lot was destemmed and given a traditional warm plunged fermentation. The resulting wines were given extended maceration on skins before pressing into a mix of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 11 months’ maturation. Alma Pinot Noir is named in honour of the late Dr James Thomson, a hero of the 1854 Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War and the forefather to Te Mata Estate’s Buck family. Knowing the vanquished enemy soldiers had already contracted cholera, Thomson volunteered to tend to their wounds, saving the lives of over 400 people, sacrificing his own in the process. The medal he was awarded for this selfless act of valour appears on the label of Alma Pinot Noir.