WHITEHAVEN PINOT NOIR 2018/19
Hand harvested grapes from the Awatere, Wairau and Southern Valley sub-regions were de-stemmed, cold soaked and hand plunged gently to extract colour and a little nicely balanced tannic weight, both of which add structure and depth to this earthy, medium bodied Pinot Noir. The wine was pressed to French oak barrels, 44%, and aged for 11 prior to being blended and bottled.
Whitehaven Wines began life in 1994 as a romantic business for a couple of corporate escapees, Sue and Greg White, who had given up life in the rat race of Auckland for another kind of life aboard their yacht. When sailing around the country, they took shelter in the Marlborough Sounds from Pacific storms and fell in love with the region. An easy thing to do when harbouring in the spectacularly pristine waters of the Sounds. They decided to settle there on terra firma once more and try their hands at wine production, hiring a winemaker and beginning a business which has now been around for 26 years. Greg has sadly passed away now, leaving a legacy as well as his wife and daughter, Sam, to run the winery. Their winemaker is Peter Jackson.
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