This is our third release of the TWR Clayvin Pinot Noir SV 5096, grown on the esteemed Clayvin vineyard (2016, ’17 and ’19). We have labelled it under our SV 5096 designation which recognises its organic certification and its special status as one of our single-vineyard wines. We feel privileged to be allowed to have some fruit from this very special part of Marlborough’s history. The Clayvin vineyard was first established in 1991 and was the first significant hillside vineyard in Marlborough. It is now under the careful custodianship of the Giesen family and is fully certified organic with BioGro NZ. This SV 5096 release sits alongside our SV 5182 wines from our home block to showcase what we can do with Pinot Noir from these two very special Pinot sites. We feel that this 2019 release exemplifies the best expression of the Clayvin site and the stellar quality of Pinot Noir from Marlborough in 2019.
All fruit for this wine was handpicked, hand-sorted, then destemmed and individually berry sorted to ensure that only pristine, perfect Pinot berries make it into the fermenters. Gently transferred to small one-tonne open fermenters, hand-plunged twice daily. Cold soak for 6-7 days, 5-7 day ferment, 10-14 days post-ferment maceration. A small percentage of whole bunches. Pressed off on taste then filled to oak after 24 hours. It rests in oak for 11 months – all French barriques from various coopers (40% new, with the balance in older oak). Bottled unfined.
This Pinot Noir exhibits a gorgeous fragrance of ripe raspberry and floral notes, with more brooding fruit and darker tones revealed underneath. The finely textured, silky tannins combine with vibrant flavours of ripe strawberries and omega plum with fantastic mid-palate density. The palate carries on to more savoury and complex flavours and finishes with great line and length of fine-grained supple tannin and well integrated oak. - Anna Flowerday, TWR