Full-flavoured and aromatic, the 2008 Paritua Central Otago Pinot Noir is an elegant example of this expressive New Zealand varietal. Grown in three individual locations in the Cromwell Basin, this Pinot Noir unites characters of intense raspberry, cherry and plum with nuances of wild thyme and mountain herbs. The palate is firm and well structured with fine mineral notes intermingled with ripe cherry and spicy oak. Beautifully textured, with layers of complex flavours, the Paritua Pinot Noir is an ideal partner to New Zealand lamb and rich game meats.
The majority of the fruit selected was from the Lowburn vineyard overlooking Lake Dunstan. In addition to the Lowburn fruit, some parcels were harvested from Alexandra and the Gibbston Valley. A variety of clones were sourced from these vineyards and all fruit was hand harvested. Conditions in Central Otago allow for long ripening periods, providing great fruit expression and structure in the wine.
Hand harvested fruit was taken to the winery in Cromwell from the three individual vineyard locations. A ratio of 20% whole berry to de-stemmed and partially crushed fruit was added to the fermenters which created an extra layer of complexity in the wine. After a period of cold soaking the ferment was allowed to start naturally and a regime of twice daily punch downs and pump-overs were conducted. After approximately 21 days on skins, the tank was drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic conversion. Blending took place in November and was followed by a light egg white fining. The wine was subsequently bottled in March 2009 after 10 months barrel maturation.