From the famous terraces of Martinborough the Decibel Pinot Noir is an opulent wine with a bouquet of raspberries and forest floor reveals a supple mouthfeel of concentrated fruit and hints of spice.
"An Old World-inspired pinot offering engaging, savoury complexity" -Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 90/100 points
We are very pleased to be working with a new block in Martinborough from the 2016 vintage moving forward. The 10 acre (roughly 4 hectares) block was established on the Southeast edge of the town of Martinborough in 2001 with all Dijon Clones. The site follows organic growing techniques and has been dry farmed from it's 4th year and continues to be now. It's deep roots now don't need irrigation, even in the hottest seasons. The soils contain slightly more clay along with silt and loam top soils resulting in fleshier more opulent fruit complimenting the perky Dijon clones.
The fruit is always hand picked and sorted at the winery before being de-stemmed into 1 tonne fermentors. Depending on the season anywhere from 8 to 20% whole bunches (on the stem) is included in the fermentation. A cold soak of 4 or 5 days is used before a wild (indigenous) yeast begins to ferment and then certain inoculated yeasts are introduced into some of the ferments.
The wines are then allowed to ferment to dry before a short post maceration occurs. Then each ferment is pressed gently through a small basket press and then racked to barrel where they age for 10 months. Minimal new French oak (less than 10%) is used in each vintage along with a selection of 2, 3 and 4 year old barrels paired with nearly half the wine aging in neutral oak barriques.