Left Hand Pinot Noir 2011

Region: Gladstone, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.0%
Total acid: 4.8g/l
pH: 3.65
Residual sugar: Dry
Tasting notes: Bouquet of maraschino cherries, plums,
cranberries and cedar. A core of dark cherry, cloves and wild
herbs are supported by bright fruit and French oak that
complement a rich soft palate with finely integrated fruit
tannins.
Vintage Conditions: The 2011 season was characterised by
an incredibly warm summer. These conditions combined with
very low rainfall have allowed the flavors in the berries to
develop to full ripening potential. Judicial picking decisions
were made to ensure a great balance between tannin, acid,
sugar and flavor was achieved.
Viticulture: The eight hectares of Pinot noir planted in 12
different clones on a mixture of grafted and own roots. Vines
are planted in differing areas of the vineyard to maximise the
array of flavours available to us during blending. Our Dijon
clones 115, 777,667,113 and 114 are planted on light, stony,
free draining soils, promoting fruit forward characters and
intensity. Our older clones of Abel, 375, 5, 6, 13, AM10/5 and
Mariafield are planted in deeper soils with higher clay
content to promote greater depth in palate weight and
texture.
Fermentation: Temperature controlled fermentation using
only natural yeasts, combined with hand plunging to optimize
the fruit and tannin balance. Following extended postferment
maceration on skins the wine was drained and
pressed to barrel. Rigorous barrel selection and blending is
followed by minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling.
Oak Handling: 100% French oak aged for 11 months with a
mixture of selected cooperages of which 35% of the barrels
are new.
History: Established in 1996 the family owned and managed
vineyard produces wine with flavours that are a direct
reflection of the Gladstone region. Sustainable practices and
minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery allow our
wines to display their distinctive single vineyard
characteristics.
Left Hand: The Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs
represent the different personalities of our winemaking team
in both vineyard and winery. Left Handed winemaker Braden
Crosby (logical, creative and precise) and right handed
Vigneron Paddy Borthwick (intuitive, impulsive and
thoughtful), have each selected a premium parcel of grapes
they believe to be the finest expression of the Borthwick
Estate Vineyard. Appling their own individual winemaking
nuances, with much tasting, lively debate and careful barrel
selection Braden and Paddy have produced two distinct
wines of 840 bottles each. Produced in only the best seasons,
these wines display expressions of Pinot Noir as much as the
winemakers themselves.

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