Hunky Dory Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough, New Zealand

Hunky Dory Pinot Noir is sourced from the Strawlodge and Andahlane vineyards running off the West Coast Road in the upper Wairau Valley area of Marlborough and Tobermore Vineyard in the Rapaura region. The grape vines grow in a mixture of glacial outwash – soils exhibiting a mix of clay and stony gravels. The grapes are hand-picked and then de-stemmed to tank for fermentation. Once the wine is racked off, it settles spending ten months in French oak barrels before being blended and bottled. The bouquet is expressed with dark plum and cherry, spice and some vanilla. The palate has soft dark cherry and berry fruit flavors with some savory and spice notes. The vanilla pod from the French oak melds well with the grape tannins and the wine is very drinkable.