Right Hand Pinot Noir 2013

Region: Gladstone, Wairarapa, New Zealand

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 2013 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 balancebetween 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 thefruit and tannin balance. Following extended post-ferment 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. Ancient stony, alluvial soils and a cool climate allows the grapes to grow in harmony in their environment. Sustainable practices and minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery allow our wines to display their distinctive single vineyard characteristics.

Right 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 andthoughtful), 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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