Derived from Carrick Wines in Bannockburn, Central Otago, this Pinot Noir comes from their Organically Certified vineyards. The landscape surrounding Carrick Wines is dramatic, and the wines reflect this. The soils are bony, alluvial loess, from schist origin, a remnant of the once-mighty glaciers which formed in the Cromwell Basin.
The Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir forms an integral part of the range, and a wine they feel represents the strong connection they have with their land. It comes predominantly from the oldest vines on the property planted in 1993, vines which were not grafted so remain on their own vinifera roots – despite the ongoing threat of phylloxera.
Three different Pinot Noir clones make up this wine; each imparts its own unique attribute to the wine. All fruit was hand-picked, fermented with natural yeasts and left on skins for three weeks. Matured in French oak for 11 months, 20 percent new. Bottled September 2018, without fining or filtration. Minimal addition of preservative. A pure expression of place.