Because we make Pinot Noir from many different sites in Central Otago and then keep each clone separate and treat each parcel with different winemaking skills and oak etc, we end up with multiple expressions of the grape.
Our philosophy, as always, is that when done right the sum of the parts will always be greater than the individual. Each year we strive to create diversity in our winery such that come blending time we end up with a balanced, beautiful expression of the grape and region and most of all “come together in the way we hoped”. In some years we find there are always a few barrels that are complete “A” students and need to be looked at separately (delicately, in the hope we don’t offend our other babies who can show jealousy over favoritism).
The Michelle’s Pinot Noir range are only ever 3-5 barrel selections of wines that not only top the class, but work extremely well together to produce something special.