The Amen Break has become the most sampled drumbeat in musical history. It is considered the foundation rhythmic beat for the much of the electronic musical genre (Trip Hop, Drum ’n Bass, Jungle, Psych Trance etc.) that exploded in the late 80’s and early 90s of last century.
The Amen Break wines, setup by brothers Matt and Steve Harrop, have been making (sound) waves of their own lately. The 2015 Chardonnay recently took out the trophy for Best Chardonnay at the Royal Sydney Wine Show, and this Central Otago Pinot Noir has been landing on some of the best wine lists in the country.
This is a cracking Pinot – big in weight, but perfumed, deep and full of concentrated dark fruits. With Matt now taking the helms at uber-boutique, and much loved Curly Flat, you can start to see the kind of winemaking pedigree on show. This is a belter, and a great price for Otago Pinot. This is one musical duo you want to hear more about.
Sourced from the Pisa Moorings vineyard, just outside of Cromwell. Near to Burn Cottage, Surveyor Thompson.
All harvest is done by hand, the winemaking is respectful and considered. Natural yeasts conduct the fermentation, and a high (up to 50%) amount of whole bunches are utilized. Once dry the wine is pressed and matured in used French hogsheads. No fining is used and the wine is bottled unfiltered.
The Amen Break Pinot Noir has a wonderful dense deep red colour. Aromatics of red plum, black cherry and bunch-derived Campari are pure and intense. The palate is a revelation- dense but bright, concentrated and with space. Pure Pinot Noir flavours are wrapped in fine filigreed tannins, which are layered and add many levels of complexity. A vibrant, vineyard derived wine, free of winemaking artefact and rich in authenticity.
This is a versatile partner for beef, veal, game (deer, venison) or poultry.