‘Te Muna’ means ‘secret place’ and the Te Muna Terraces vine growing area is situated in the old Huangarua River path sheltered by the Aorangi Ranges. This wine is a barrel selection blend of deferent Pinot Noir clones sourced from Julicher Estate vineyard in Te Muna Road, Martinborough. The soils of Te Muna Terraces are free-draining alluvial gravel, which are rich in minerals making it ideal for growing grapes. The climate is an extension of Martinborough and similar to Burgundy, being only slightly cooler due to higher altitude, but with long cool summers and low rainfall providing the optimum long ripening conditions for grapes.
The grapes were hand-harvested and de-stemmed into a small open top vat for fermentation. The must receive a 4 to 5 day cool pre-fermentation maceration before the fermentation began. The cap was treated with a punch down 2 times daily during the peak of fermentation. After fermentation finished, the wine was pressed into new and old French oak barrels for maturation and underwent complete malolactic fermentation in the spring. 15% new oak and in barrels for 11 months. The wine was racked on lees and blended, and altered for clarity.
Variety & Clones: 100% Pinot Noir, clones 5, 115, 667 and Abel
Harvested: 02-18 April, 2013
Brix At Harvest: 20.5-22.2
Oak Maturation: 10 months in 25% new French oak
Alcohol by Volume: 13.26%
Titratable Acidity: 4.8g/L