Luna Estate Eclipse Pinot Noir 2019
$ 56.00 incl. GST
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The Eclipse vineyard is situated on the gravels of the Martinborough Terrace, planted between 1993 and 2005. In contrast to the Blue Rock, Eclipse Pinots tend to be more structurally pronounced and dark hearted. Fermented wild with a small portion of whole bunch, 20-30 days maceration before pressing, one year in French oak puncheons, 20% new. Unfined, unfiltered, no adds except minimal sulphur.
Fresh, vibrant and youthful in appearance, showing classic vineyard character of the Martinborough Terrace of stones and dirt alongside dried herb and meat, alongside cherry, baked plum and floral notes. On the palate, abundant and ripe tannins underpin a savoury mineral feel, alongside cherry and amaro fruit notes. Drinking nicely now but one which will reward medium and further cellaring for sure.
“Cherry and plum, baking spice, coffee grounds and clay, and lively dried herb and green capsicum top note. It’s plush, a bit savoury, quite a fleshy feel in the mouth, rich cocoa tannin, a subtle dried orange peel bitterness, and crushed rock kind of thing happening on the finish. I like that it doesn’t feel too forced, nor trying too hard. Nice expression of vineyard here. A charmer.” 94 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.