Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015


Our distinctive hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was planted in 2000 with a European approach, close vine spacing and high density (approx. 5,000/ha). We manage the vineyard according to principles of biodynamics and organics. 2015 was an good growing season with a great finale. We had a cool flowering with rain at the critical time for Pinot Noir fruit set. This led to low yields and a certain amount of unevenness that had to be balanced with a green harvest at veraison. Summer was very long and exceptionally dry leading to a sunny harvest commencing 24th March. We had a full team of Weavers working at Churton for 2015 with Jack managing the vineyard and Ben overseeing the winery.


Downloadable Tasting Notes

Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 – Tasting Note


Each parcel of Pinot Noir is hand-picked and kept separate in the winery. It is gently de- stemmed and tipped into fermenters. The fruit is handled very minimally until it starts fermenting. Fermentation is through indigenous yeast and once fermenting must is plunged only twice daily. At the end of ferment our wine remains on skins for up to another two weeks prior to pressing. Total time on skins is usually 28 days (a lunar month). Our 2015 Pinot Noir was aged in used French oak barrels for 18 months, racked once and then bottled in October 2016.


Wine Analysis

Alcohol 12.8%
Titratable Acidity 5.5 g/l
Residual grape sugar <1 g/l
pH 3.72

Tasting Notes

A classic Churton Pinot Noir. It’s a sinuous wine that takes many twists and turns. Perfumed with florals then roasted plum and dark spice followed by a touch of leather. The palate is plush with complex fruit, leather and savouriness. Our 2015 Pinot Noir has great length and is highlighted by fine grained tannins.


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