Luna Estate Blue Rock Pinot Noir 2019
$ 56.00 incl. GST
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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. Fermented wild, 15% whole bunch, 20-30 days maceration before pressing, one year in French oak puncheons, 20% new. Unfined, unfiltered, no adds except minimal sulphur.
A highly perfumed wine with this vineyard giving a bouquet of high-toned red cherry and fine floral notes, alongside silty brown earthy aromas. Rich and silky on the palate, impressions of succulence from the tannins fruit, with flavours of cherry, truffle and earth, orange peel and strawberries. Always a fuller style but maintains Pinosity and fineness, another hedonistic release from this excellent site.
“Lovely unforced feel to this wine. Fragrant with bergamot, red cherry, a little spice and a mulchy earthy character. It’s lush and quietly juicy, a little orange peel punctuates the squishy red fruits, with fine silty tannin, and a succulent finish with a smattering of amaro herb and tang. Lovely drink. Good now, too.”93 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront
Luna Estate / Martinborough, Nz
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.