Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
Variety: Pinot Noir
Chicago wine importer Marquis Savage fell in love with Central Otago on what was meant to be a quick tour of the region. Falling in love meant purchasing 24 hectares in the Cromwell basin. Born-and-bred Central Otago talent Claire Mullholland, formerly of Martinborough Vineyards and Amisfield, takes charge of the winemaking, realising the bright, lively, profound potential of these vineyards year in, year out.
This is the first single-vineyard wine off the 19-year-old Sauvage Vineyard vines in Bannockburn. It compromises a mix of clones from different areas within the site. Enticing aromas of spice, mushrooms, and dark red fruits accompany earth and herb tones. The palate shows wonderful elegance and focus, supported by a textural core, with fine lengthy tannins driving persistence. Notes from the winemaker, Claire Mulholland