This is a special opportunity to get in on the ground of what we believe will become another of New Zealand's highly sought after boutique wineries. This release of "Devotus" is from Martinborough's family owned estate of Devotus who's sole focus is on Pinot Noir.
Located beside the prestigious Dry River vineyard, the old and deep rooted vines of this single vineyard Pinot Noir have an average age of 24 years. Extremely scarce with only 2,980 bottles produced, stunning value, put some in the cellar now and join the journey following the evolution of Devotus!
TASTING NOTES FROM DEVOTUS
This wine was grown from our youngest 6 to 19 year old vines consisting of Dijon clones (667, 777, 114 & 115) as well as the Abel and Pommard clones. Our vines were non-irrigated. Our farming methods were organic and sustainable. We controlled undervine weeds with mechanical cultivation and grew crops within the vineyard (such as oats, red clover and lupin) to plough back into the soil for organic vine nutrition. The 2017/2018 growing season in Martinborough was unusual, with extreme heat in Dec 17 & Jan 18 followed by a cooler late summer leading up to picking in Mar 18, so accelerated development early on followed by slow ripening after veraison (early Feb 18). Our vines were low yielding (1.9 ton/acre for 2018 vintage).
Picking by hand was completed on 14th March 2018 with sugar levels at 23.3°Brix (average across clones). After careful sorting 20% of the whole bunches were included in the ferment. Cold maceration was held at 9°C for 2 days. Fermented with wild yeasts from the
vineyard. Peak fermentation temperature was 29°C. Total on skin contact time 11 days. Matured in seasoned French oak barrels for 10 months. No fining. No filtering.
Deep ruby red colour with depth, lighter on the edge. On the nose this wine entices with aromas of dark fruit (plums) and red floral notes. There are layers of aromatics consisting of earth, spice and dark cherry. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a core of rich, sweet and luscious red fruit flavours. There are dark herbs, a fine-grained tannin structure with balanced, refreshing acidity. Overall style is one of low intervention, a pure expression of the 2018 vintage, of the Martinborough Terrace, and particularly of the vineyard.
Very approachable now and can be confidently cellared for at least 5 years (to 2024).