Gold Medal – New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2020
New from Churton, the Natural State Pinot is a juicy, vibrant, fun-packed easy drinking early release Pinot. Organic, unfined, unfiltered with minimal S02 additions.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"The Natural State Pinot Noir is best enjoyed with a slight chill as this accentuates its fresh crisp nature. Our 2019 Pinot is incredibly aromatic with lush florals and bright red fruits. On the palate, it is ever evolving. It is a vibrant and fruitful Pinot Noir to start before seamlessly transitioning into a structured wine, reflecting its true identity and roots. Excellent persistence of length and natural acidity.
A single block Pinot Noir, Natural State Pinot Noir was fermented as two small parcels. Kept separate throughout the winemaking process, our Pinot was gently destemmed upon arrival to the winery then tipped into fermenters. The fruit was handled very minimally until natural fermentation occurred through indigenous yeast. The grape must was plunged lightly only twice daily. After a cool ferment, wine was pressed and put into barrels – total time on skins was 14 days, half a lunar month. Our 2019 Natural State Pinot Noir was aged in seasoned French oak barrels for three months and achieved a natural malolactic fermentation shortly after going into barrels. Racked once, our Pinot was bottled in August 2019 with no additions and low sulphur rates. Vegan friendly"
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Varietal, perfumed, fruity and energised with suggestions of plum and cherry fruits then fresh earth, stones and flowers. Delicious, fleshy, fruity, varietal and real with natural flavours of fruits and spice. Fine tannins in abundance with nice acid line, a great focus and balance. Well made with decent length and finish showing potential for ageing as well as immediate drinking."