Dog Point’s 13 year old Settlement Vineyard is located in the Omaka Valley, to the south of Marlborough’s Wairau Plains. This organically certified site is managed by Dog Point’s viticulturist, Nigel Sowman. The fruit for this bottling hails from a 0.25 hectare slither at the top of the vineyard’s east slope, a clay-rich parcel planted to a density of 4,600 vines per hectare. This young vineyard provides Corofin with its most red fruited and open-knit Pinot Noir. Cropped at just 1kg per vine, the warmth of Settlement’s elevated ‘East Slope’ radiates through this wine’s fleshy fruit but there is also wonderful, sappy freshness and precision coming from carbonic brightness, juicy, natural acidity; and the abundant, powdery tannins. Straight out of the traps, this is bright and focused, juicy, savoury and yet seductive. Expect loads of jubey, red berry, grenadine and resinous fruit and a vibrant, driven personality. It’s delicious now but certainly has enough structure to age. Winemaking notes: Four days in sealed tanks with 30% whole bunches, then foot trodden, natural ferment, 19 days on skins, pressed to old barrel; spontaneous malolactic in the late spring/early summer with the wine remaining on original lees for 13 months; racked to tank for six months, before being bottled without fining or filtration in mid-November 2017.