Tinpot Hut wines are made primarily from fruit grown on winemaker Fiona Turner's vineyard in Blind River. Fiona, who has worked with Matt Thomson for a number of years, supplements her own grapes with fruit from other growers in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The tinpot hut that gave its name to Fiona's wines is an old mustering hut in the remote hills between the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The huts were used as a base for musterers as they rounded up the sheep that had been in the hills from spring to autumn. The name links Marlborough's past as a sheep farming centre with its current state as one of the world's most dynamic wine regions.
This wine was produced from fruit grown in a single vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels where the low vigour, free-draining soils deliver small crops with amazing concentration. Protected from the prevailing wind and cloud formation, the block is warm and typically ripens early, producing fruit that contributes body and structure.
A very late beginning to the season was followed by a very warm summer and early autumn period. The warm days were also combined with warm night-time temperatures and high humidity. It was a season that required growers to keep a close eye on the vines to maintain their condition,
Harvested at optimum maturity in cool conditions the fruit was destemmed into small open top fermenters. It was allowed to cold soak for a period of five days prior to fermentation with selected yeasts and hand plunged three times daily. Following fermentation the skins were drained then pressed to stainless steel tanks for 24 hours prior to racking off gross solids to a mixture of small stainless steel ageing tanks, and new and mature French oak. Following malolactic fermentation the wine was left to age for a further 12 months prior to blending and then bottled in September 2017.
This wine is ruby red in colour with youthful hints. It has aromas of white and black pepper, violets and plum and a subtle chocolate and leather spiciness. Leaning towards a Northern Rhône style, with plum, pepper and cinnamon characters and a smoked bacon note on the finish. A firm acid backbone, medium body and silky tannins give balance and structure.
|Grape Varieties||100% Syrah/Shiraz