The Hermit Ram - 'Limestone Hills' Pinot Noir 2018
This product is currently sold out.
Similarly to the story about Theo's Arden Pinot Noir, we didn't offer any of this for sale last year. Whereas with Arden we intentionally kept them offline, with Limestone Hills, we had no choice in the matter.
Just like Arden, we ordered a case. However, somewhere in between North Canterbury and Hong Kong, the case disappeared. Hopefully that wonderful case made someone's 2020 better.
Theo did not make any of this single-vineyard wine from Limestone Hills in 2019 and 2020, so once again we only have this excellent vintage. Fermentation is all in concrete. This is slightly fresher and lighter than Arden, which is aged in old oak.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Terroir: Limestone, gravel, basalt, clay soils
Winemaking: 100% amphora aged
Certification: Certified organic farming (BioGro)
Drinking Window: 2021-2027
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.