Invivo Central Otago Michelle's Pinot Noir 2015

This wine was a real labor. The vintage was a fair to good one, perfect for finesse and restrained power. Our amazing growers did a great job in the vineyards, we did a great job in the winery and everything was looking, well, great! The labor started as the blending process ensued, and purely because we had so many barrels from different blocks that were absolute “A” students but all so different. Imagine putting 15 past and present All Black Captains on the field and asking them to play cohesively as a team? The old saying “…a team of champions is never as good as a Champion team…” never rang truer. But after months of trials and testing combinations we finally hit the right balance. And this team (we are still talking about Michelle's, 15 Pinot btw) really plays well together. It’s just simply delicious and will reward all who drink her now or later. The selection panel did very well indeed.

Specifications

Country New Zealand
Region Central Otago
Vineyards Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn
Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Date New Zealand
Brix at Harvest 23.4 - 24.6
Cellaring 1-10 years
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Rob Cameron

Analysis

Residual Sugar 1g/L
pH 3.62
TA 5.2
Alcohol 14.5%

Reviews

"Seductive in its youth, the impressive 2015 vintage is rare – only five barrels were produced. Grown at Bannockburn, it is full-coloured, fleshy, rich and rounded. Sweet-fruited, with substantial body (14.5 per cent alcohol) and deep plum/spice flavours, it is a powerful but not heavy wine, with gentle tannins, excellent complexity, and a lasting, very harmonious finish."
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wine 2017

Other Vintages for this Wine

2014 2012

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Winemaking

The Michelle’s range of wines has always epitomized the very best of what we do.

The attributes we look for when selecting and blending this wine are power, purity and elegance. Each candidate barrel is carefully observed throughout the year and eventually we focus of 4-5 barrels that display these qualities, but also blend together in harmony.

The 2015 Michelle’s Pinot Noir offers a complex array of dark plums, spice and ripe berries on the nose with oak playing just a light touch.

The palate is extremely generous and long, but poised with great acidity driving through the wine - we are excited with this Michelle’s elegance and drink appeal now but also in her ability to age. The structure and balance should reward 7-10 years of cellaring extremely well.

Awards

  • Silver Medal

    International Wine & Spirits Competition

  • 5 Stars

    Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wine 2017

  • Bronze Medal

    New Zealand International Wine Show

  • Silver Medal

    Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017