Gravitas Pinot Noir 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a deep cherry-red colour, and a concentrated aroma of berry fruits and forest floor characters. Intense ripe fruit and spice flavours underpinned by soft tannins have created a wine of impeccable balance, length and complexity. This wine can be cellared with confidence for 3 or more years.

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Gravitas Wines:
We have approximately 40 hectares (100 acres) of vineyards located in Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine growing region. This is also the region with the most sunshine hours per year – an average of about 9 a day! Within Marlborough our vineyards are spread over an 80km (50 mile) range of terroir and this gives us a rich pallet of grapes to paint with. Our main vineyard is at the top... Read more
We have approximately 40 hectares (100 acres) of vineyards located in Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine growing region. This is also the region with the most sunshine hours per year – an average of about 9 a day! Within Marlborough our vineyards are spread over an 80km (50 mile) range of terroir and this gives us a rich pallet of grapes to paint with. Our main vineyard is at the top end of the Wairau Valley - a significantly cooler area than other parts of the valley closer to the sea and with a day/night temperature variation that can be extremely high. The temperature characteristics of this area aligned with very deep, free-draining and stony soils produce wines that show an interesting range of fruit characters (more citrus than other parts of the valley) and a distinctive mineral note. As for our viticultural practices, wines of great stature can only be made with grapes of supremely high quality, so… - Virtually all vinework (leaf-plucking etc) is carried out by hand. - We monitor vineyard conditions by computerised sensors which beam up moisture and temperature data every half hour to a private website, which management can access from anywhere in the world. - Our computer controlled irrigation system is highly sophisticated and can water 20 different blocks differently, according to the needs of each block. - We operate a minimal-use chemical regime,are certified under thelow chemical Sustainable Winegrowing Programme and are preparing for conversion to organic grapegrowing. we protect our grapes with over 20 km of nets to avoid any bird damage. - We keep yields to very low levels (as low one half those of the great Premiers Crus of Bordeaux). - We generally harvest by hand – and often go through the same block a half dozen times on different days – just picking the perfect grapes each time. Read less

External Reviews for Gravitas Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/25/2008

This comes from a family-owned estate in Marlborough. The winery has been around since the early 1990s, and they've learned a few things about making fantastic Pinot Noir. This is a complicated mélange of spices, raspberries, cherries, and even a bit of game. It spends 10 months in oak and already carries itself with considerable elegance.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
04/07/2008

This comes from a family-owned estate in Marlborough. This winery has been around since the early 1990s and it's evident that they know how to make fantastic Pinot Noir. This is a complex of spice, raspberries, cherries and even a bit of game. It spends 10 months in oak and is showing a lot of elegance all-around.



This wine has a deep cherry-red colour, and a concentrated aroma of berry fruits and forest floor characters. Intense ripe fruit and spice flavours underpinned by soft tannins have created a wine of impeccable balance, length and complexity. This wine can be cellared with confidence for 3 or more years.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 1.5g/l grams per liter

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