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The Hermit Ram Pinot Noir Limestone Hills
£48.80

The Hermit Ram

The Hermit Ram Pinot Noir Limestone Hills

Country: New Zealand
Region: North Canterbury
Grape: Pinot Noir
Colour: Red
Bottle Size: 75cl
Alcohol: 12.5%
Vintage: 2017

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.

This wine is the first produced under this label.  It comes from Gareth Renowden’s tiny, super close planted vineyard deep in the Waipara Gorge.  It is an intriguing site.  The soil is made up of limestone rocks and clay marl.  It has high active lime through the profile.

The fruit is farmed naturally with no synthetic sprays.  It is picked quite late as the site is amongst the coolest in North Canterbury.  The combination of the lateness of this site and the beautiful active limestone soils creates a wine that is delicate, saline, and other worldly.

The fruit is 100% destemmed to vat.  Only indigenous yeasts are used.  The fermentation is carried out over 6 weeks on skins.  The extractions are very gentle in order to promote the ultra-delicate aromas this wine has.  The wine is matured and undergoes natural malolactic in ancient hogsheads and is bottled unfined and unfiltered after the next vintage. 30 ppm SO2 Total.

This wine is aromatically very complex.  The aromas are less about fruit but more about limestone, salinity and truffles.  Very autumnal.  The palate is lithe and layered.  It will continue to unfold in the glass to give a hugely rewarding drinking experience.

 

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

This wine is the first produced under this label.  It comes from Gareth Renowden’s tiny, super close planted vineyard deep in the Waipara Gorge.  It is an intriguing site.  The soil is made up of limestone rocks and clay marl.  It has high active lime through the profile.

The fruit is farmed naturally with no synthetic sprays.  It is picked quite late as the site is amongst the coolest in North Canterbury.  The combination of the lateness of this site and the beautiful active limestone soils creates a wine that is delicate, saline, and other worldly.

The fruit is 100% destemmed to vat.  Only indigenous yeasts are used.  The fermentation is carried out over 6 weeks on skins.  The extractions are very gentle in order to promote the ultra-delicate aromas this wine has.  The wine is matured and undergoes natural malolactic in ancient hogsheads and is bottled unfined and unfiltered after the next vintage. 30 ppm SO2 Total.

This wine is aromatically very complex.  The aromas are less about fruit but more about limestone, salinity and truffles.  Very autumnal.  The palate is lithe and layered.  It will continue to unfold in the glass to give a hugely rewarding drinking experience.