The ‘Black Poplar Block’ is a four hectare planting. It takes its name from the two majestic 100 year old Black Poplar trees that dominate this area of the vineyard. This wine is crafted from our older vines planted in 1995. The 2015 growing season started with a cool spring with a series of frosts and slow growth in the vineyard. A short flowering in December resulting in an average and uniform cropload. Settled and warm weather through January led to healthy and even ripening. Occasional rainfall in February ensured steady growth while having minimal disease pressure. Ripening then progressed as normal with berries reaching optimal flavours/ concentration and harvest in late March. While 2015 had its challenges, the great condition and concentration of the fruit harvested made it possible to make a wine that clearly expresses its site or Terrior. The wine has matured in French oak barriques (one third new) for nine months then bottled in early 2016. To maintain site expression in the wine minimal intervention is practiced both in the vineyard and in the winery.
Colour: Deep ruby with a purple hue.
Bouquet: Well integrated aromas of spice, pinot noir perfume and oak
Palate: Fine tannins with intense red/dark fruits
Cellar: 5-10 years
2015: Technical Details
Region: Pisa - Central Otago
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 15.0% alc.
Maturation: 9 months in seasoned French oak barriques, one third new.