Left Hand Pinot Noir 2016

Region: Gladstone, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Alcohol: 13.7%
Total acid: 5.8g/l
pH: 3.60
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: 2016 vintage was a year to pick on flavour. Early spring growth, a dry summer with a long growing season, producingoptimum harvest conditions that  have allowed the berries to develop to full ripening potential.

Viticulture: We have 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. A selection of Abel, 375, and clone 5 make up this blend.

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 30% 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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