This wine is bright garnet in colour with aromas of sweet cherry, strawberry, white blossom, clove and wild thyme. The palate is rich in texture and complemented by red and black berry fruit, wild herbs and earthy flavours. This Pinot Noir is well-structured with silky tannins and enticing layers of fruit.
The grapes for this wine come from the 'Terraces' vineyard in Felton Road, Bannockburn. It is planted with predominantly Dijon clones
The grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness from early to late March. Several separate ferments went into the blend, which used on average 25% whole clusters. The total time on skins was between three and four weeks to boost the tannic structure and aromatics of the wine. Maturation took place in fine-grained French oak barriques (25% new, 35% one year old and the remainder between two and five years old), for approximately 12 months.
Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an expatriate Californian who has spent many years living on the South Island. He has gathered a small, dedicated team to produce his Wild Earth range in Central Otago. Established in 1998, Wild Earth Wines owns 35 hectares of vineyards in two of the region's finest locations - at the end of Felton Road overlooking the Kawarau River and in the North Lowburn district beneath the imposing Pisa Range.