Nelson Blanc de Noir 2016
Richmond Plains produced New Zealand’s first Blanc de Noir from both certified organic and from biodynamic grapes.
Blanc de Noir is an exciting wine. Made 100% from Pinot Noir grapes in a white wine style. Its faint pink diamond colour hinting at its origins. Nicely chilled this wine is perfect as an aperitif delicious or with lighter meats, Asian meals and pasta dishes.
Richmond Plains is certified organic by AsureQuality New Zealand and certified biodynamic by Demeter.
Nose: Aromatic with citrus blossom, green pear and biscuit characters on the nose.
Palate: Full and fruity with attractive pear, baked apple and nectarine flavours. It has very attractive tropical and lime blossom characters with an exotic spicy finish.
Vintage: Fruit was hand picked on the 3th April from 14 year old Pinot Noir vines on Scott Henry trellising. A warm, dry autumn contributed produced good quality fruit and excellent flavours.
Wine Making: All fruit was very gently whole bunch pressed to minimize skin contact and colour extraction and the juice cool fermented to preserve primary fruit characters.
Sulphur: This wine is made with minimal levels of sulphur/SO2/preservative 220.
Vegan: This wine is suitable for a vegan diet.
Alcohol: 12.5 %
Acidity: 6.6 g/l
Residual Sugar: 9.5 g/l
Delightfully fresh and fragrant, the bouquet shows nectarine, mandarin, rockmelon and floral characters, followed by a juicy palate that is vibrant and mouth-wateringly tasty. The wine offers lively fruit flavours and fine texture, wonderfully structured by refreshing acidity.
90 points, ««««½ - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct 2016