Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an immigrant from Californian who has spent many years living on New Zealand’s South Island. Established in 1998, Wild Earth owns vineyards in one of Central Otago's finest locations - at the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn, overlooking the Kawarau River.
A small but dedicated team, including winemaker Jen Parr and viticulturist Gary Crabbe, their sole aim is to create the finest Pinot Noir and Riesling their vineyard sites can produce. Pinot Noir is Wild Earth's speciality and their passion for the variety was recognised in impressive style in 2008 when they scooped five trophies at the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards.
The grapes for this wine come from the 'Terraces' vineyard in Felton Road, Bannockburn. It is planted with predominantly Dijon clones (777,115 ,114 and 667).
2016 saw a welcomed increase of volume after the small 2015 vintage. A warm start to the vintage caused early budburst and good canopy growth. The impressive diurnal changes in the season gave good flavour intensity and finesse to the grapes. It was a notably dry vintage, which yielded small, flavour-packed berries. Pinot Noirs from this vintage are powerful and richly fruited, with great ageing potential.
The grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness from early to late April. Seven separate ferments went into the blend, which used on average 25% whole clusters with a total time on skins between three and four weeks to boost the tannic structure and aromatics of the wine. Maturation took place in fine grained French oak barriques (22% new, 40% year old and the remainder between two and five years old), for approximately 11 months.
This wine is bright garnet in colour with aromas of raspberry, sweet cherry, cedar, wild thyme and mushroom. The palate is rich in texture and complemented by red and black berry, wild herb and earthy flavours. This Pinot Noir is well structured with silky, enticing layers.