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‘The Rise’ Pinot Noir
New Zealand, Waipara
Established in 1991 by Buffy and Michael Eaton, Mountford Estate is a boutique vineyard and winery set on a hillside in a stunning park-like environment in the Waipara wine region of North Canterbury. The story behind Mountford is one of passion, shown simply by tasting their wine. With attention to every detail, the result is an elegant, stylish and unforgettable experience.
Initially planted in 1991, and added to in 2000, 2008 and 2013, the total plantings now sit at 9.3 hectares of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. The 21 year old vineyard grows on an area of land dubbed ‘The Golden Mile’. A high amount of heat and light, combined with the soil make-up of clay on top of marl with active limestone deposits, are just some of the reasons for the site being selected.
The vineyard is set in a park-like environment on the North West face of the Waipara Valley’s eastern hills below the Teviotdale range. Dubbed the golden mile, as the aspect gains high amounts of light and heat. The soils, which are marl (active limestone), add a fine minerality to the finished wines. Vineyards are planted from spacious 2.7m x 1.2m through to high density 1.8m x 1m rows. Since the first plantings New Zealand viticulture equipment has adapted to enable higher density planting particularly beneficial to pinot noir and chardonnay.
The property sits at Latitude 43 with an Elevation 93m / 305ft above sea level (midpoint of the property). While high up on the limestone slopes with a stunning out look across the Waipara Valley the estate does not escape frosts. Each spring they must take on Jack Frost to protect the vines by circulating warm air from an LPG burner behind the tractor. Canopy management is vigorous with the aim of keeping the constant spring and summer growth open and light – letting the nor-westers and North Canterbury sun keep the vines disease free.
Thin topsoil over active limestone
From 16-year-old vines planted on active limestone soil. These vines sit on a steep slope at 120m above sea level.
Mountford Estate follows a policy of watchful, non-interventionist winemaking. A combination of new and traditional techniques and technology are used. Mountford Estate has transitioned to using native yeasts, low sulphur, and aim to finish their wines with no fining or filtration whenever possible. Wild fermentation over 6 weeks to produce this Pinot Noir. Bottled unfined and unfiltered
100% old French oak for 24 months
Savory dry earth and an expressive complexity greet the nose upon its first smell of this wine. The aromatics evolve into violets, ripe dark cherry and spice as the wine opens up and breathes. The palate is rich and earthy with distinctly dusty tannins. The tannins are firm but the wine remains vibrant and not too heavy, resulting in a fresh finish.