WHITEHAVEN PINOT NOIR 2018/19
This wine is made from five vineyards in Marlborough's Awatere, Wairau and Southern Valley sub-regions. All grapes were hand harvested and de-stemmed with a cold soak for five to six days prior to fermentation in small vats with added yeasts. Hand plunging (pigeage) took place three to four times daily to gain colour extraction. Temperatures peaked at 32°C and the wine was pressed to French oak barrels, 44%, then matured 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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