mason vineyard pinot noir 2017
The bouquet is a complex mix of plum, cherry and herbs wrapped around a core of black spices. The generous cherry fruit on the palate is tamed by the herbal notes before giving way to some interesting black pepper notes in the back. Persistent tannins and mineral acid deliver a powerful finish full of umami and tension.
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.