Glenlee Pinot Noir earns Pure Elite Gold
Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir lovers have one more reason to grab a Glenlee. The 2013 premium single vineyard Pinot Noir earned a Pure Elite Gold medal at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards announced in November.
The 2014 Air New Zealand wine awards included 1,552 wines judged by a panel of 26 wine experts.
“Our 2013 Glenlee has a lovely perfume, elegance and spice, typical of Gibbston,” said Gibbston Valley Chief Winemaker Christopher Keys.
Glenlee is one of four single vineyard Pinots handcrafted by the Central Otago winery. Each one demonstrates the uniqueness of place brought about by growing Pinot Noir in some of the region’s oldest and highest altitude vineyards.
Glenlee comes from an especially unique site - closed planted with 6000 vines per hectacre by Californian visionary Gary Andrus. His belief in Burgundian principles has resulted in a vineyard legacy.
“Glenlee has enormous complexity, great elegance and just in all ways is a lovely site,” said Keys. “It has two distinct halves, and we make sure we select the fruit from the boniest side of the vineyard where vine balance is best.”
Harvesting from Glenlee is tough because the vines are trained low to the ground. Picking fruit a slow and arduous process, but the results are worth it.
“The thing with our Gibbston vineyards is that the wines are balanced and require little intervention in the winery. To me, these wines have a very natural feel to them. They seem comfortable and in harmony in the bottle. The ferments are natural and the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered without cold stabalisation,” said Keys.
Aroma and Palate
With its languid silky front palate, offset by brambly, whole cluster tanginess, the Glenlee Pinot Noir has considerable complexity. Smoky earth flavours wrap around immaculate fruit, giving a rustic, rural sophistication to the wine.
Match this wine with marbled red meat, savoury fish dishes and hard cheese to bring the best from its structure.