Hunter’s Wines have won more than 200 gold medals at national and international wine competitions. Family-owned, they are the only Marlborough vineyard established in the 1970s to still be owned by its original family — more than 30 years after being founded. Today, they are nurturing the next generation of winemakers.
A warm spring without frosts greeted the 2018 growing season and encouraged a very quick flowering period. The summer was warm and dry up until Christmas but became very wet in the New Year. Irrigation of the vines wasn’t required for the remainder of the season which is very unusual for Marlborough. Ripe flavours at low sugar levels allowed earlier picking than previous years.
Grapes for this wine were grown mainly in the Southern Valleys sub-region of Marlborough. This area is famed for producing rich and structured Pinot. The fruit was handpicked, with 30% whole clusters used in the ferment. The cap was worked with gentle pumpovers during cold soak and the early stages of fermentation. The cap was worked harder towards the end of ferment and the wine pressed off at its completion. The wine was aged in French oak for 10 months, 25% of which were new. The wine was given a coarse filtration prior to bottling. Naturally occurring sediment may be present.
The 2018 Pinot Noir is elegant and fruit-forward with ripe plum and cherry characteristics dominating the nose, and hints of wild raspberry coming through underneath. A lovely light earthiness ties these aromas together and continues on the palate, along with a subtle graphite and black pepper spice. This is a mid-weight Pinot with well-integrated tannins carrying through to an extended finish. Drink now and for the next five years.