Ward Valley

The 20h.a. Ward Valley Estate vineyard was planted in 2008 from bare pasture land by James Leary and Freddy Davison, a 4th generation South Islander. They searched for the perfect vineyard site around the lower Awatere Valley and found a unique terroir in Ward. 

The vineyard site was chosen as the soil structure is mainly clay based, with hard papa subsoil, gravels and clay loam.These denser, water retentive clay soils, combined with a cooler climate than the northern end of Marlborough made the site perfectly suited t o growing Pinot Noir. The long dry summer in Ward reduces pest and disease pressure while the hot 30 degree + days and cool nights allow balance in ripening process. 

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An extremely hot, dry vintage combined with cooler nights and clay-rich soils contributed to very small berries, which gave a lifted nose and good intensity of fruit from the Mt. Victoria Block. Lightly pressed after fermentation the wine was then aged in 100% seasoned French oak. 

Spicy, complex and youthful aromas of sweet cherry, cardamom seed and exotic spice. The palate is juicy and bright with earthy savoury undertones and a suave, plush tannin structure. 

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Hand picked and hand sorted. Gently destemmed and fermented in small open top fermenters with 10% whole bunches included. Hand plunged four times daily during fermentation. Lightly pressed directly after fermentation with no post alcoholic maceration. Aged in 100% French oak barrels for ten months prior to light filtration and bottling. 

Crimson red in colour, this wine has intriguing aromas of forest floor, kirsch cherries and red liquorice with hint s of subtle spice. The juicy palate shows a lovely purity with notes of vibrant red currant. This wine has an elegant tannin structure, complemented with a lingering savoury finish. 

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