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2011 Vavasour Pinot Noir

2011 Vavasour Pinot Noir

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Region
New Zealand
Appellation
Marlborough

Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast
89
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All Vavasour wines are 100% varietal and true, honest expressions of their Awatere Valley terroir. This 2011 Pinot Noir has intense aromatics and layers of dark, juicy cherries, plums and blueberries. There is also an underlying stratum of vanilla from 11 months of aging in French oak. The tannins are soft and silky and the finish is impressively long.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Marlborough
Vineyard Designation
Vavasour Home Vineyard
Sugar
24 - 25° Brix
Acid
5.4 g/L
pH
3.61
Aging
11 months in 100% French Oak, 30% new
Residual Sugar
Dry
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Enthusiast
89
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Vavasour’s 85 hectare (196-acre) estate vineyard is located in the renowned Awatere Valley. The climate here is noteworthy for its wide diurnal temperature swings—an attribute that contributes to strong personality and incredible balance in the wines. The vineyard’s soils are low in fertility and comprised of stones and pebbles mixed with clay and loam. The rainfall ranges from 279-406 millimeters (11-16 inches) a year, very arid by any measurement.
Production Notes
Our 2011 Pinot features a number of high-quality, low-yielding clones— 114, 115, 667, 777 and AM 10/6—that have been carefully matched to individual micro-terroirs within our vineyard. To extract optimum color, flavor and tannin we used traditional, Burgundian hand-plunging techniques during fermentation. Eleven months in French oak barriques (30% new) provided additional aromatics, flavors and structure to the wine.
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