Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Cleighten Cornelius

The recently launched ‘Madam Sass’ Pinot Noir - takes is name from a woman of charm, who lived in Central Otago during the 1860’s gold-rush. In the rugged mountains of the Central Otago gold-fields lived our leading lady with her ill-fated husband. The story goes, they were hardy hotel publicans whose clientele consisted of gold-miners, vagabonds, gamblers and odd troublemakers, who all had one thing in common - a dream of rags to riches.

 

Then in the winter of 1867, in the dead of a bleak night, her husband disappeared. At the time - scandalous gossip fueled the story and the eager ears of any who would listen. And in the years to come, tales emerged of how our character ‘Madam Sass’ came into her own.
The fruit for this wine, was sourced from a vineyard situated in Bendigo, which is renowned for vibrant dark fruit flavours and finely tuned acidity. The area was formed from glaciers grinding schist rocks to smaller gravels and finer particles, the soil is rich in minerals, free draining and perfect for growing quality Pinot Noir. The vineyard in Bendigo sits firmly at the heart of New Zealand’s illustrious gold-rush history and rapidly growing reputation as one of the world’s leading Pinot Noir regions.
The 2016 growing season, gave at the time of harvest some outstanding fruit quality, with vibrant regional and varietal flavours. The grapes were gently harvested keeping the small, dark berries intact. On arrival into the winery, the fruit was cold soaked for a week and fermented with a combination of wild and cultured yeasts. Batches were hand-plunged to extract vibrant colour, structure and lifted fruit flavours. After a gentle vinification, the wine was then transferred into a combination of new and used French oak barrels for a period of 8 months, to add texture and length to palate flavours. The barrels were tasted and blended - the finished wine was then rested in tank until bottling in July 2017.
As you pour this wine into your glass, you will have a vibrant ruby red colour shimmer, and possibly wink at you. On the nose this wine has beautifully lifted and enticing aromas of ripe, dark cherries, plums, subtle savoury notes with a hint of dried herbs. The palate is vibrant, rounded and supple, instantly alluring appeal and engaging, delivering delectable fruit flavours, all supported by a silky texture of fine oak tannins, subtle spices and background savoury nuances, leading onto a pleasingly smooth fine finish.
This 2016 Madam Sass ‘Central Otago’ Pinot Noir has 13.5% Alc. Decanter for 20-30 minutes, and serve in an appropriate shaped glass at 15-17°C. 

An enticing ‘Central Otago’ Pinot Noir full of attitude and alluring appeal.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age well for another 18-24 months. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with grilled salmon steaks, mild pizza’s and pasta dishes, lamb burger with beetroot, and earthy vegetarian cuisine - enjoy.