The fruit for the 2019 Huntress Pinot Noir comes from Braden and Gabe and the On Giants Shoulders’ vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace, planted in 1988 by the late Jack McCreanor. It has previously been used in the 'Pahi' Pinot Noir made by Escarpment.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Huntress is fortunate to source the grapes for this wine from the On Giants Shoulders Vineyard in Martinborough. This vineyard was established in 1988 and is now in the care of Braden and Gabe who make exceptional wines from their 4-ha block. I am grateful to be able to harvest 1 tonne / approximately 3 barrels of pinot noir from this site.
Harvested by hand with friends and whanau, this is a co-fermented blend of clone 5, 828 and Abel and 10/5. 24 days on skins with indigenous fermentation and malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in older French oak barriques for 10 months and stored in tank prior to bottling in spring. After a year’s rest in bottle it is ready for your enjoyment. A classic expression of Martinborough / Wairarapa Pinot Noir with a delicious savoury complexity and fine layered tannins. Perfectly matched with wild venison and foraged blackberries."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, June 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"This wine is a cracker – with aromas of plush, ripe, juicy, fresh dark berries, dark red currant, plum and a savoury lift leading to floral tones. Firm, youthful, tense, dry and detailed on the palate with fruit flavours to reflect the bouquet, a savoury complexity, from tannins and plenty of acidity. There’s a lot of texture on the palate, but all comes into balance as the fruit flavours layer in. Youthful, fresh and needing cellar time to fully integrate and tell the whole story. Best drinking from mid to late 2022 through 2028+. Okay to drink sooner when accompanied by food."