2012 Forrest Pinot Noir


Pinot Noir Profile

The Pinot Noir grape is one of Marlborough‰۪s stars; the cool climate queen of red wine is a natural match for Marlborough‰۪s reliable cool dry vintage climate. åÊThe grapes typically show ripe berry fruit flavours ‰ÛÒ raspberry and strawberry; that distinctive ‰Û÷Forest floor‰۝ earthen aroma and fresh acidity. åÊOur Pinot Noir grape is a complex amalgam of four different ‰ÛÏterroirs‰۝:- classic Wairau river valley stoney soils, southern valleys, Brancott aged clays, Northbank young stone/ clay mix and Awatere Valley complex seabed soils. Each plot was hand harvested, fermented in 2-3 ton lots with hand plunging, skin contacted post fermentation, gently pressed and then aged in 20/80 blend of new/old French oak barriques for 10 months.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red color with berry fruit flavours. On the nose, some lovely peppery Morrocan spice notes, raspberry, strawberry, red cherry, an earthy ‰ÛÏforest floor‰۝ leaf note and just a hint of sweet spicy oak.åÊThe fresh berryfruit aromas continue through onto the palate,together with a rich underlay of christmas fruit cake, long savoury after taste.åÊA very good example of Marlborough Pinot Noir that will reward 3 to 5 years bottle maturation.

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Awards and Accolades

91 Points Wine & Spirits, US

"Blended from four areas in Wairau and Awatere, this is a bright, zesty Marlborough pinot with plenty of grip and intensity to its structure. The fruit is purple-black up front, lasting on a garnet-red line of pomegranate fragrance. The soft, tufted texture makes it a soothing match for a Sunday roast."

Gold Medal - Sydney Top 100 International Wine Show

Silver Medal, 2014 Easter Show Wine Awards

Raymond Chan - 5 Stars

Hand-picked fruit from the Wairau, Brancott, Northbank and Awatere districts, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. Full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues on rim. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned and tightly packed with deep aromas of ripe, black berry and cherry fruit with raspberry liqueur, dark herb, spicy oak and nutty complexities. Medium-full bodied, concentrated and sweetly rich fruit flavours of dark red berry fruit, raspberry liqueur and liquorice feature on the palate forming a deep heart. The fruit sweetness is enriched by bright acidity and supported by fine, grainy tannin extraction, providing a balanced and complete mouthfeel. The palate leads to a concentrated and long-lingering finish with ripe plum and spicy oak elements. This is a fresh, concentrated and sweetly rich Pinot Noir with flavours of ripe, dark raspberry fruit, and fine structure. Match with duck, pork and lamb over the next 5-6 years. 2,500 cases made. 18.5-/20 Jan 2014 RRP $28.00
  • Harvest Dates 5th- 26th April
    Brix at Harvest 23.6
    Analysis at Bottling
    pH 3.68
    T.A. 5.9
    Residual SugaråÊDry
    Alcohol 13.5%


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