Certified Organic Vineyard, Bannockburn New Zealand
Calvert Pinot Noir 2020
A New Zealand wine with great personality, borne of small things done beautifully - one vineyard, one variety, one wine.
Calvert is a careful balance of sustainable production and open spaces - an approach that considers future generations.
Calvert is a Central Otago Pinot Noir hand-crafted from grapes grown on it's Felton Road - Bannockburn vineyard. The land has been owned by the Calvert family since 1989.
The Calvert wine has been made with the simple intention of showcasing the vineyard site. The soil, the vines, and the characteristics we obtain from our Bannockburn sub-region are most important to the process. We intervene as little as possible in the winemaking to ensure the vineyard characteristics remain at the forefront of the wine.
The 2020 Calvert Pinot Noir is dark ruby red in colour.
The nose is dominated by savoury characters of earthiness, black Doris plum, blackberry compote, and cardamom spices.
This leads to a wine with silky textured smooth tannins.
The earthiness thread becomes the backbone of the palate and is complemented by the rounded, brooding dark fruit characters and spiciness creating a luscious lingering mouth feel.
2020 is a cooler seasoned slower ripening vintage for the Calvert vineyard resulting in a solid wine with great cellaring potential.
Calvert wine is made in the vineyard:
- Calvert Vineyard organically certified
- Clones 115 and 10/5
- Rows 26 - 35
- 2.4 Tonnes hand harvested on 14th April 2020
- 20% Whole bunch
- Indigenous yeast and MLF fermentation
- Matured for 15 months in French Oak
- No fining, No filtration
- Bottled August 2021
- Only 1881 bottles made (209 x 12 packs)
- Alcohol 13%, pH 3.71, TA 5.9g/L
Tight and focused, red-tinged floral fruits interwoven with bright punchy acidity and an edge of cinnamon-tinged whole bunch gives extra layer of interest. Taut and textural, this is a wine to cellar.
Source: Oct/Nov 2021 issue of Gourmet Traveller - Wine
Elegant, youthful pinot noir with dark cherry, plum, floral/violet, vanilla bean and mixed spice flavours. A core of sweet fruit is perfectly balanced by gentle acidity and fine, peppery tannins. Accessible now but with good cellaring potential. 11 MAY 20222021–2028
Seductive and complex bouquet with scents of dark berries and sweet barrel spices, a core of crushed rock earthy complexity, nutmeg and vanilla, barrel smoke, dark raspberry and black currant, a whisper of insence and dark roses. In other words - complex and beguiling. Very youthful on the palate with a taut mouthfeel led by an abundance of chalky tannin textures and youthful acid line. The core fruit flavours repeat on the palate with wood spices and smoky barrel qualities adding complexity, breadth and depth. A rather fantastic wine, well made and ready to drink from 2024 through 2035+.