The Hermit Ram - Wholebunch Pinot Noir 2018
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With every vintage Theo tries to get more salinity, that specific subset of minerality, into his Pinot Noir.
We've always had a soft spot for Pinot from New Zealand, especially from Waipara, and the fruit for this comes from a small close planted clay vineyard on the Omihi slopes. The clay brings richness and flesh, while the 75% whole-bunch fermentation helps add a floral and herbaceous element.
As Theo's work with his single vineyard Pinot Noirs show, he has an affinity and certain skill with this grape. The Wholebunch Pinot leaves no doubt to what he can accomplish with such excellent fruit.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Winemaking: 75% wholebunch
Certification: Certified organic farming (BioGro)
Drinking Window: 2020-2026
In 2012 Theo Coles discovered the Limestone Hills vineyard in Canterbury in the north of New Zealand’s South Island. Owned by Gareth Renowdon, Theo agreed to make some wine with him from his 1000 or so Pinot Noir vines.
Since then Theo has expanded the range to include the skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Müller-Thurgau, a field blend rosé and another Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from tiny vineyards throughout the Canterbury region, all naturally farmed without chemicals and Theo is keen to stress that every wine has its own story to tell.