Dog Point's 18-year-old Settlement Vineyard is located in the Omaka Valley, south of Marlborough's Wairau Plains. This organically certified site is managed by Dog Point's gun viticulturist, Nigel Sowman. The fruit (low cropped) for this bottling hails from a 0.25-hectare sliver at the top of the vineyard's east slope, rich with clay. Picked first, Settlement is typically the most red-fruited and youthfully radiant of the Corofin Pinot Noir trio although this '19 has plenty of intensity. Whole berries were placed in a sealed tank for five days at ambient temperature. Fermentation lasted a further seven days before the wine was transferred to seasoned French oak. So, just 12 days on skins all-up. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 13 months in barrel and a further seven months in tank. Aromas of pure red berry fruit, cinnamon spice, rose petals and a lick of forest floor. The palate is really silky, relying as much on its fine thread of acidity as its delicate web of tannin. It finishes long and lithe with delicious sour cherry and an orange-like twist on the finish.
Suckling pig would make a great match, as would duck breast napped with cherry sauce.
Varietal / Blend: Pinot Noir
Farming Practices: Organic
"Both Anna and I have lived and worked in Marlborough for most of our careers and in that time have been lucky enough to gain considerable experience growing, making and marketing Marlborough wine. From our early days here we have always had a desire to start our own small wine business, established without compromise for quality and with complete authenticity.
Working together to create something in celebration of our families and their connection to the land, is very important to us. Our ambition with all Corofin wines is to transmit a sense of place first, over fruit intensity or winemaking ambition. We have chosen to work with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay being the two varietals we believe will amplify the transparent expression we seek from the land.
We are excited to be working with trusted and admired friends as growers. Their vineyards are all located in Marlborough's southern valleys and we hope our little Pinot Project will shine a light on some pretty special spots in the region our family calls home."