Richmond Plains Pinot Noir is made in an elegant, appealing style which can be enjoyed when young but will also benefit from a little cellaring allowing it to develop more complex characters. It has a dark cherry nose with chocolate and raspberry whilst the palate has earthy, forest fruits with cherry. The making of the wine was comparatively simple: The fruit was crushed and de-stemmed and transferred to open fermenters. After a period of cold maceration for 4 days the juice was inoculated for fermentation. Regular hand plunging over 10 days was carried out in the winery. Approximately 70% of the juice was transferred into a mixture of French oak barriques with the remainder being held in tank.
Praise for the 2013 vintage:
Silver Medal - New Zealand Organic Wine Awards
4.5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
4 Stars - Raymond Chan
90 Points - James Suckling
Richmond Plains winery has been owned by Lars Jensen and his wife Samantha since 2008, fulfilling a long-held dream. Lars has been committed to enjoying and making great wines since he 'stole' a sip from his parent's glass as a child. His enthusiasm remains unabated 'every bottle, every vintage and every variety is a new discovery…making me eager for more'. They believe that the Nelson region, on the top of the South Island, offers the perfect location for producing fantastic wines, being 'blessed with the longest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand, combined with free-draining soils of ancient river beds, perfect for producing vibrant fruit driven white wines and well-structured elegant red wines.' Comprising just 8 hectares of vines in total, the estate has been organic since 1991. Great wines are made in the vineyard.
Lars and Samantha believe in working with nature in order to nourish biologically active soils and vines so that they produce top quality grapes and wines. Their vineyard is a natural carbon sink as they mulch vine prunings, grasses, herbs, leaves and grape skins back into the soil. This also increases the soil depth and organic matter which is rich in natural fertility and hosts millions of beneficial organisms and insects. The lush green vineyard creates an attractive habitat for a variety of native birds, lizards, butterflies and beneficial insects like ladybirds. Winemaker Steve Gill says, 'I believe that we make world-class wine in Nelson... it is this blend of creativity/art and science that I love about winemaking….I am delighted to be making organic wine that has been made working with nature. The best wine is made from minimal interference in the winery.'