Forager Pinot Noir

Forager Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes / Reviews

Raymond Chan

Review Date : 04-Nov-2018
Moderately dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim with purple hues. The nose is gently full and voluminous with an array of fragrant and savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with an amalgam of dark herbs and dark-red florals and subtle earthy suggestions. The aromatics form an elegant, taut core with intensity and penetration, showing finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with a heart of sweet and lush dark-red cherry and berry fruit, the flavours a little restrained in expression. The wine flows smoothly with supple, fine-grained tannin extraction in support. The acidity is soft, but lends cut and poise. The flavours grow in richness, unfolding savoury herb and earthy detail as it carries to a lingering finish. This is an elegant and refined Pinot Noir with subtle sweet and savoury red cherry and berry fruit with complexing herb and earthy detail on a supple, poised palate. Serve with wild duck and pork over the next 5 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Isolated Hill’ vineyard, Waiau, fully destemmed with no whole cluster, indigenous yeast vineyard fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 26 days on skins and aged 15 months in one-third each 1 y.o., 2 y.o. and 3 y.o, French oak. 220 cases made. 18.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $55.00
Score: 96 ★★★★★ Bob Campbell, The Real Review, 2 Jan 2019

Winemaker Notes

This is my sixth release of Forager Pinot Noir. 2017 was a mixed season… fine to begin with and wet towards the end of the season. Crop levels were naturally low around 4 T/Ha. Hand-picked and hand-sorted, the grapes are then returned to sit amongst the vines where they once grew. Giving indigenous yeasts from the vineyard the opportunity to create a true expression of the actual vineyard site. Temperature fluctuations in the vineyard environment add a layer of complexity to the fermentation process, with a prolonged pre-fermentation maceration and cooler soaking temperatures than I would expect inside a winery. This is the first time I have taken fruit from the Isolated Hill Vineyard in North Canterbury.


VARIETY Pinot Noir 2017
REGION North Canterbury
VINEYARD Isolated Hill
VINEYARD DETAILS Amuri Limestone Quarry Hill,
210m Altitude, 40 km inland
TIME IN BARRELS 15 months. 9 barrels.
AGE OF OAK 33% 1yr old,33% 2yr old,33% 3yr old.
Fine grained, French.
WHOLEBUNCH Not used in 2017
pH 3.57
TA 5.80g/L
STABILISATION Natural in barrel over winters

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand - Canterbury
  • Red Wine
  • Pinot Noir

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