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The Hermit Ram Amphora Pinots
£24.09

The Hermit Ram

The Hermit Ram Amphora Pinots

Country: New Zealand
Region: North Canterbury
Grape: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
Colour: Red
Bottle Size: 75cl
Bottle Weight: 1266g
Alcohol: 12.5%
Vintage: 2020

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.  Limestone Hills vineyard is naturally farmed, and the first vintage (2012) was that way too — no additions and matured in old oak.

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.  We agree and would add that this is some of the most exciting wine to come out of New Zealand for a long time; a turning point for authentic, artisan winemakers in a country so often associated with mass-produced wine.  These are wines with personality, depth, complexity and most importantly, drinkability.

The Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes come from an organic gravel soil vineyard in North Canterbury. Destemmed and co-fermented with native yeast, after a few weeks, the skins are removed and the wine is put into Spanish amphora (Tinajas) for ageing. Unfined and unfiltered.                                                         
                          

“Pinots is a co-ferment of the Pinot family for ethereal fragrance and texture. The 2020 wines are full of clarity, drive, and insight. They will age beautifully too. I love this vintage.” - Theo Coles

PRODUCER NOTES

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.  Limestone Hills vineyard is naturally farmed, and the first vintage (2012) was that way too — no additions and matured in old oak.

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.  We agree and would add that this is some of the most exciting wine to come out of New Zealand for a long time; a turning point for authentic, artisan winemakers in a country so often associated with mass-produced wine.  These are wines with personality, depth, complexity and most importantly, drinkability.

FARMING & WINEMAKING NOTES

The Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes come from an organic gravel soil vineyard in North Canterbury. Destemmed and co-fermented with native yeast, after a few weeks, the skins are removed and the wine is put into Spanish amphora (Tinajas) for ageing. Unfined and unfiltered.                                                         
                          

“Pinots is a co-ferment of the Pinot family for ethereal fragrance and texture. The 2020 wines are full of clarity, drive, and insight. They will age beautifully too. I love this vintage.” - Theo Coles