What’s next for New Zealand Pinot Noir?

Patrick Materman, chief winemaker, Brancott Estate

“No variety expresses its sense of place better than Pinot Noir, so the key to strengthening our reputation is to craft wines that wear their terroir with pride. For Brancott Estate, we are championing Marlborough Pinot Noir, which is finely structured with palate sweetness and wonderful red fruit brightness. We planted the first Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1975, but most people don’t realise that we were also the first to plant Pinot Noir in Marlborough at the same time.

“We’ve spent a lot of time understanding the impact of vine age, soil structure and vineyard site selection on quality and expressiveness. You can see distinct differences between the flavours and texture of Letter Series T Pinot Noir, which comes from clay-based soils in the Southern Valleys, and Terroir Series Pinot Noir from the cooler, dryer Awatere Valley.”

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