Growing Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Roger Parkinson
This single vineyard ‘Block’ Pinot Noir is something special, not just here in New Zealand but on the world stage. Roger had been looking forward to having Pinot Noir vines with sufficient age to merit such designation. The release of this 2014 ‘Lease Block’ Pinot Noir is only the second, and is not resting on the success of the previous vintage, but rightly takes its place and develops on the recognition this label is receiving by those in the know.
The history of the wine press is nearly as old as the history of wine, with the remains of wine presses providing some of the best historical evidence of organised viticulture and winemaking in the ancient world. The earliest wine press was probably the human foot and or hand, crushing and squeezing grapes into a container where the juice would ferment.
The pressure applied by manual presses was limited and early wines would have been pale and light in body. Eventually ancient winemakers sought alternative means of pressing grapes. By the 18th dynasty, the ancient Egyptians were employing a ‘sack press’ made of cloth that was squeezed with the aid of a large tourniquet. The more modern winemaking equipment used to extract juice from grapes first emerged during the Greco-Roman period.
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Chief Winemaker: Craig Isbel
Torbreck has a solid tradition of producing expressive, rich red wines. Though in my opinion the best character of this ‘Woodcutter’s’ Shiraz is the complexity and texture rarely found at this price. The aged dry grown bush vines which provide the succulent ripe fruit for this wine are located across the north-western area of the Barossa Valley, each being carefully hand harvested in late February and into early April 2014.
Mencía is a Spanish grape varietal primarily found in the north-western part of the country - around the border with Portugal, in a region which includes the districts of Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras. Exact up-to-date records are hard to find, but it is thought that there are just over 9100 hectares of vines planted in the region.
Traditionally the wines produced from Mencía have been a light, relatively fragrant style of red wine, ideal for early consumption. This style of wine was the result of post-Phylloxera plantings on richer more fertile plains, which resulted in producing high yields but light styles of wine. In recent years, more concentrated and complex wines have been produced by a new generation of winemakers.