What’s next for New Zealand Pinot Noir?

Claudio Heye, general manager, Domaine-Thomson (Central Otago and Gevrey-Chambertin)

“New Zealand has managed to make some very good Pinot Noir with relatively young vines, so it should be exciting to see how they will develop as we learn more about our soil, vines and how to get the best fruit out of them as they mature. There is a big movement towards organic and biodynamic farming (Domaine-Thomson is certified organic (BioGro-NZ) and practises biodynamic farming) and that has to be a good thing for future vintages.

“At Domaine-Thomson, we are also pushing the boundaries in making not only ‘single vineyard’ Pinot Noir but also ‘single block’ (such as our Explorer Pinot Noir from the Moonblock) and even a yet-to-be-released ‘single clone’ (777) Pinot Noir from a few selected rows (Domaine-Thomson ‘Rows 1-37’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014). I feel that small-scale, interesting wines with personality and sense of place are the Pinot Noirs that will really help build a solid reputation for New Zealand as a premium quality producer.”

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