mason vineyard pinot noir 2016
The nose displays an intense potpourri of exotic spice, bergamot, brambly red fruits and deeper mineral tones. With the red fruits and spice notes to the fore, the palate is driven along with lingering mineral acidity. There is a beguiling lightness of touch to the mouthfeel, while at the same time a layered seamless structure provides volume and space to the powerful finish.
The Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine grown on the Mason vineyard in the Parkburn sub-region of the Cromwell Basin. It is a unique and captivating site on a north facing frost free slope. The wine is predominantly made up of a parcel of Abel clone Pinot Noir that grows on a steep north facing ridge within the block. We favour the grapes that grow there because the vines seem to struggle more than the rest of the block and the fruit that is produced has smaller bunches and more intense flavours as a result. It is very spicy and the fruit is elegant and sinewy on the palate. We also pick at the same time a smaller amount of clone 777 & 667 on the gentler slope directly below the Abel. This parcel gives the wine good tannin structure and fruit weight.