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Hinton Hill Country Pinot Noir 2008 (#1840)

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Hinton Estate Vineyard
Category:Red
Region:Central Otago City:Alexandra
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Organic:Yes Certified:Yes
Free Range:No Additives:No

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Tasting notes:
Another rich ruby red vintage with silky tannins, good length and a generous aftertaste. It is a medium bodied wine with hints of delicious savoury oak and just a touch of spice. A very approachable Pinot Noir with sweet spicy aromas.
Winemaker's notes:
This wine has been specifically made to be more approachable,while still young and fresh. During the fermentation process great care was taken with temperature control to ensure only lighter smoother tannins were extracted from the skins.
Likewise the wine was only stored in French oak barrels for 8 months rather than the usual 12 to ensure the oak flavours in the wine were not overpowering. These measures have combined to create a very smooth elegant Pinot Noir.

Hinton Estate Vineyard was established by the family that has grown premium fruit in Central Otago, New Zealand for the last five generations. The vineyard is located in Earnscleugh, near Alexandra, high above the orchards on steep north-facing slopes in well drained schist soils.

The Hintons planted Pinot Noir in 1999 as well as a small trial plot of Merlot. The first vinatge of Pinot Noir was produced in 2002. The family has, however, had some involvement with grapes prior to the recent plantings.

Table-grapes were grown for decades in a glasshouse "vinery" from the 1930's onwards. An experimental plot of vines planted outside in the 1940's was abandoned - one of the reasons being the difficulties brought about by the, at the time, uncontrollable rabbit plague.

Central Otago has a unique microclimate well suited to growing the notoriously complex Pinot Noir grape variety.

The Hintons have since planted more Pinot Noir along with Pinot Gris, Riesling, Viogner and Gewürztraminer.

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