Corofin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2021

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Mike’s Corofin range is named after the village in Co. Clare that his great-grandfather emigrated from in the 1920’s.

He makes his wines in a real Burgundian philosophy and style - aiming to showcase the unique vineyard sites that the grapes are grown on.

This wine is a blend of two of these special vineyards - Wrekin and Settlement.

The vineyards are planted to a reasonably high density for Marlborough - double the amount of vines per hectare than you’d get in a typical Sauvignon Blanc vineyard. More vines fighting for the same space means less fruit per vine, therefore more fruit intensity and what Mike calls ‘vineyard identity’.

The Settlement Vineyard is owned by Dog Point and is farmed organically. It faces north-east so it gets sunshine in the first half of the day.

And based in the foothills of Marlborough’s Southern Valleys, the Wrekin Vineyard is fast becoming one of the most sought-after vineyards in the country.

It’s densely-planted, organically farmed, and its clay soils, which sit over a bed of Greywacke rock, produce fruit that is incredibly pure and aromatic.

The winemaking is very gentle to preserve the vineyard character - it spends 14 months in old French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered to keep every last nuance and detail possible in the wine.

If you love fine Burgundy Pinot, then you have to give this a try.

Wine type Red
Grape(s) Pinot Noir
Country NZ
Region of origin Marlborough
Appellation Marlborough
Vintage 2021
Alcohol % 13
Oak? 100% barrel
Months in Oak 14
Type of Oak French
Allergens (e.g. Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) none
Average age of vines 16
Average altitude of vines (m) 50 metres
Soil type(s) Silt loams
Closure Type cork
Is this wine organic? yes
Biodynamic? no
Sustainably produced? yes
Suitable for vegans? yes
Ageing potential (years) 15
Ideal drinking window 2023 - 2040

Mike's great grandfather Marcus Joseph Paterson emigrated to New Zealand from Corofin Co. Clare in 1927.

So when Mike and wife Anna started Corofin, their own family business, they wanted to honour this history and special connection between his family and the land. 

Read more about Mike

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