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Kono Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir
South Island :: New Zealand
Made from carefully selected vineyards in Marlborough – New Zealand’s pre-eminent wine region.
The grapes are grown with soil knowledge and cultivation methods passed down from our Māori forbearers. This gift of knowledge and rich, unspoiled lands create wines of personality and purity.
The unique indigenous story surrounding Kono wine, along with the simplicity of the label and the quality of the product, are key attributes.
Kono vineyards are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) and CEMARS (certified emissions measurement and reduction scheme) certified. We see this as integral to our values of kaitiakitanga — working with the environment without compromise.
True to Māori culture, we have a strong spiritual connection to everything we grow and a responsibility to ensure our land is passed onto future generations in pristine condition.
100% Pinot Noir
Grapes for this wine are handpicked at optimal ripeness before being transported back to the winery for processing. Once at the winery the fruit is gently destemmed and then lightly crushed using state of the art processing equipment. Batch fermented according to block and clone in small open top fermenters, the must undergoes a cold soak lasting around 7 days before being warmed and inoculated either with selected yeasts, or left to undergo a ‘wild’ ferment using indigenous yeasts found naturally on the grapes. Once fermentation is complete the wine undergoes a short period of post-fermentation maturation on skins before being pressed directly to a combination old and new French barriques.
Barrels are carefully monitored in a temperature controlled cellar over the winter period and once the malolactic fermentation is determined to be 100% complete the final blend is carefully put together before being filtered and bottled.
Deep ruby hue
Displays lifted aromatic layers of cherry, plum and bright red fruit notes with hints of wild thyme.
The palate is richly textured with flavours of ripe red and dark fruit, spice and integrated French oak underpinned by nuances of dry herbs and savoury notes. Mid-weight on the palate, this wine is balanced with refined silky tannins that lead to a long and elegant finish.