Opulent aromas of dark plums and cardamom spice are enhanced by the earthy scent of liquorice and hints of smoky oak. The palate is highly concentrated with black cherry and red berry flavours supported by silky tannins through to a long and generous finish. The 2005 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir reflects an idyllic Marlborough vintage and will continue to gain additional complexity over 4 to 5 years if cellared in ideal conditions. Grapes for this wine were sourced from the southern side of the Wairau Valley including the Brancott, Fairhall and Ben Morven sub-regions. The soils, including the aged alluvial gravels of the Brancott Valley, are relatively free draining, with some clay content.
2005 Harvest: Seven clones of pinot noir were hand harvested according to individual ripeness, with the first picked on the 5th of April and the last on the 19th of April.