The 2018 has heady aromas of cut flowers and red fruits. The colour is light, but there’s nothing light-on about this wine. Juicy, tangy, pulpy, textured and vibrant. Loads of red fruits, hints of blueberry, spices and earthy/gamey notes. Volumes of fruit, the wine is delicious fun and, if need be, serious. Hands down, the best value New Zealand Pinot Noir at this price point.
Meltwater is the new ‘entry level’ range from that outstanding Marlborough producer, Corofin. Fruit sourced from a sustainably farmed, grower vineyard in the Ben Morven sub-region of Marlborough. Hand harvested into small bins. The fruit was carefully sorted on arrival at the winery. A small portion (10%) of whole bunches went into the tank with the balance destemmed and the must spent twelve days on skins. Fermented with indigenous yeast in two-three year old French oak barrels. The wine was racked to tank post-malo in December 2018. Allowed to settle prior to bottling, unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulphur, in February 2019.