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Wooing Tree

Plush, velvety texture. Long earthy finish.

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The Wooing Tree's motto is 'Pinot with Passion'; this award-winning wine from their vineyards in Central Otago certainly lives up to expectations.

A complex and powerful wine with aromas of red berry fruits and violets, a rich and silky smooth palate and a long spicy finish. A great example of one of the best Central Otago Pinot Noirs.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Peter Bartle

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

April 2017

BOTTLED DATE

March 2018

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

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BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Central Otago

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

After handpicking, the grapes were cold soaked before 13% whole bunch fermentation took place with the cap hand plunged three times a day at the peak of fermentation. The wine was then transferred to 100% French oak barrels for 10 months, where it underwent malolactic fermentation.

Awards

DWWA: Gold
IWC: Silver
Vinous: 90 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

Tasting video

Recipe idea

Sumac-dusted salmon and warm cauliflower salad

This easy recipe is all cooked on the one grill tray, and only takes 15 minutes to put together!

Serves 4
4 fresh salmon fillets (approx. 150-200g each)
2 tsp sumac
salt and pepper
juice of a small lemon

For the salad:
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1 red onion, sliced
olive oil
1 tsp preserved lemon (skin only) finely chopped – if you don’t have preserved lemon, use fresh zest
2 big handfuls fresh rocket/arugula or baby spinach leaves

Method
Heat your grill to a medium setting and line a full-sized grill tray with aluminium foil. Squeeze half the lemon juice over the flesh side of the fillets evenly, then dust with sumac, salt and pepper. Place on tray skin side down, to one side, leaving plenty of room for the cauliflower.

In a bowl, mix together the cauliflower florets, sliced onion, preserved lemon, a good slug of olive oil and salt and pepper. Tip onto tray next to the salmon. Place under the grill for approximately 5 minutes and watch closely – you may need to turn the cauliflower or shake it up. It will char a little on the edges which is fine. Remove the cauliflower and put the salmon back in the oven for another couple of minutes.

Gently mix the green leaves through the cauliflower salad. Squeeze over a little more fresh lemon juice and serve with the salmon and a glass of Wooing Tree Pinot Noir.

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The Wooing Tree's motto is 'Pinot with Passion'; this award-winning wine from their vineyards in Central Otago certainly lives up to expectations.

Ripe hand-picked fruit, gentle winemaking and maturation in French oak have resulted in a complex and powerful wine, with aromas of ripe cherries, plums and a hint of spicy complexity. On the palate this wine has supple, soft and textural tannins with good weight and persistence.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

pH

3.60

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Peter Bartle

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

BOTTLED DATE

March 2015

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Central Otago

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The growing season started off well with good soil moisture left over from winter. A cool start to October stalled growth which then shot away with a dose of rainfall in early November coupled with a really warm spell. A welcome lack of wind and good temperatures during flowering and fruit led to an excellent crop set. Late in December the temperatures cooled down for about 6 weeks until the end of January which was one of the coldest on record, with some frosts experienced. The heat picked up in the latter part of summer with a warmer and drier than average autumn. Harvest kicked off a little earlier than average with first pickings starting mid-March.

Vinification details

After handpicking at the very end of March and beginning of April, the grapes were cold soaked. A small amount of whole bunch fermentation (5%) took place with the cap hand plunged three times a day at the peak of fermentation. The wine was then transferred to 100% French oak barrels (of which 29% was new oak) for 10 months, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. After minimal filtering, it was bottled on 9th March 2015.

Awards

IWC & IWSC 2018: Silver
Raymond Chan: 5*
Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017: Gold

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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The Wooing Tree's motto is 'Pinot with Passion'; this award-winning wine from their vineyards in Central Otago certainly lives up to expectations.

Ripe hand-picked fruit, gentle winemaking and maturation in French oak have resulted in a complex and powerful wine, with aromas of ripe cherries, plums and a hint of spicy complexity. On the palate this wine has supple, soft and textural tannins with good weight and persistence.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Peter Bartle

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

April 2012

BOTTLED DATE

March 2013

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Central Otago

Vinification details

After handpicking at the very end of March and beginning of April, the grapes were cold soaked for 5 to 7 days. A small amount of whole bunch fermentation took place with the cap hand plunged three times a day at the peak of fermentation. The wine was then transferred to 100% French oak barrels (of which 33% was new oak) for 10 months, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. After minimal filtering, it was bottled on 25th March 2013.

Awards

IWC 2015: Gold
DWWA 2015: Silver
IWSC 2015: Silver
Wine Merchant Top 100 Winner 2015

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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