LUNA ESTATE BLUE ROCK PINOT NOIR 2016

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LUNA ESTATE BLUE ROCK PINOT NOIR 2016

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The Blue Rock vineyard was planted in 1986; a north facing undulating vineyard of rare geology, an ancient marine seabed of layers of clay loam, limestone, greywacke and, you guessed it, blue rock.

As with Eclipse, this sees 30% new oak for 12 months.  A fine grained and amazingly long wine, this is a style of succulence and lusicousness, maintaining a beautiful balance of fruit generosity, tannin ripeness and elegance throughout.

"Cherry pip, plenty of spice, even a dusting of pepper, rosy perfume. Juicy natural feel, lively and sappy, red cherry layered with dried herb, dustiness to the tannin, and a long perfumed, sappy finish. Has personality and energy. It’s very good and feels unforced and, well, just a bit lovely."  94+ points, Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au

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Luna Estate

Over the moon - a rising star of New Zealand wine

A relatively new label, the foundations of Luna Estate are two excellent vineyard sites  – Eclipse, on the famed Martinborough Terraces, and Blue Rock, on Dry River Road, south of the Martinborough village.  Martinborough is a region which excites us as New Zealand’s best for complex and varietal Pinot Noir, also raising excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.  Luna’s ethos is sustainable vineyard practices, and as minimal handling in the winery as possible, under the guidance of chief winemaker Joel Watson, whose previous work has included several vintages with the highly esteemed Curly Flat in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.  

Presently with 25 hectares producing, a significant replanting program to bring 80% of production to Pinot Noir will eventually see the estate sitting around 44 hectares between the two sites.  The single vineyard wines show the sites' contrasts, with the entry point Estate wines rock solid examples.