2012 Pinot Noir

Technical Sheet
Harvest date 9th April 2012
Clones Abel and 115 on Riparia Glorie rootstock
Pruning Two cane pruning / green harvest to one bunch per shoot
Ageing 1 year old Francios Feres barrel
Fining or filtering None
Bottling date 17th August 2013
Alcohol by volume 12.5%
pH 3.63
Titratable Acidity 6.1
Residual Sugar 0.22 g/L
Production 23 cases

Reviews

William Grace, Pinot Noir 2012 (March 2014)
★★★★★
A beautifully styled pinot, the engaging bouquet shows red/black cherry, plum, floral and a hint of dried herb complexity. It's concentrated and focused on the palate with superb mid palate weight and fine texture, elegantly framed by polished tannins. The wine shows wonderful ripeness together with delicate savoury complexity, and it's immensely delicious. At its best: now to 2020. 93/100 pts.
— Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

William Grace, Pinot Noir 2012 (Apr 2014)
★★★★
75% Abel clone and 25% clone 115 from vines planted in 2009, from the ‘William Grace’ vineyard, fully-destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine on skins for over three weeks and aged 12 months in a 1 y.o. Francois Freres barrique. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering. Light, even ruby-red colour, pale on rim. The nose is very elegant and fragrant with delicate red berry fruit aromas along with ethereal red florals. A suggestion of fresh herb and stalk adds to the subtle detail. Light-medium bodied, and elegant in proportion, delicate flavours of red berry fruits show with gentle sweetness and lusciousness. Some herbal and seasoned oak detail adds interest, and the palate possesses a degree of concentration, following a tight, fine-grained tannin line. Fresh, lacy acidity underlines the palate, and along with the refined extraction leads to a light, dry finish. This is a delicate and refined Pinot Noir with some fruit sweetness. Serve with salmon, tuna, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. 23 dozen made. 17.5/20. RRP $45.00.
— Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

2012 William Grace Pinot Noir

2012 Pinot Noir


2013 Pinot Noir

Technical Sheet
Harvest date 29 March 2013
Clones Abel and 115 on Riparia Glorie rootstock
Pruning Two cane pruning / green harvest to one bunch per shoot
Vinification 100% destemmed – indigenous yeasts – 19 days on skins – 33°C max temp.
Ageing 1 year old Francios Feres barrel
Fining or filtering None
Bottling date 31 May 2014
Alcohol by volume 12.5%
pH 3.5
Titratable Acidity 5.9
Residual Sugar 0.12 g/L
Production 21 cases

Reviews

William Grace Pinot Noir 2013 – Martinborough (July 2015)
★★★★★
From their tiny 0.1 hectare estate vineyard (but high density 10,000 vines/ha) on Martinborough Terrace, using organic and biodynamic practices, this unfined and unfiltered pinot is beautifully composed and exquisitely styled. Elegant fruit notes of red/black cherry and raspberry are wonderfully enhanced by nuances of floral, game, mixed spice and cedar. The palate is impressively concentrated, yet refined and poised, showing excellent focus and silky texture with a flowing, expansive mouthfeel. Tannins are fine, polished and in abundance, and provide a delicate grainy feel and lovely frame to this gorgeous pinot. Remarkably they have achieved this outstanding fruit purity, concentration and ripeness at mere 12.5% alcohol. A superstar in the making. At its best: 2017 to 2023. $45.00. 94/100 pts.
— Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

William Grace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013 (July 2015)
★★★★
The second release of this label. 75% Abel and 25% clone 115 fruit from the ‘William Grace’ vineyard, vines planted 2009, hand-picked and fully destemmed, and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 19 days on skins and aged 12 months in a 1 y.o. Francois Freres barrel. Bottled without fining or filtering. Very dark, deep, black-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with tightly bound aromas of dark red berry fruit and black cherries entwined with savoury and nutty, resinous oak elements. With aeration, dark red and violet florals, raspberry fruit, spices and liquorice emerge to offer an array of aromatics. Medium-bodied, softly sweet and gently luscious fruit flavours of dark red berries and cherries are infused with nuances of savoury dried herbs, spices and liquorice, along with nutty, resinous oak notes. The mouthfeel is lush and supple, and the fruit supported by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction, balanced by fresh, underlying acidity. This has vibrant juiciness and good aromatic lift as the wine leads to a soft, dry-textured, spicy, nutty finish. This is a medium-bodied Pinot Noir with soft, lusciously juicy fruit and savoury, resinous oak elements and a fine-textured palate. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. 21 dozen made. 18.0-/20. RRP $45.00.
— Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

2013 William Grace Pinot Noir

2013 Pinot Noir


2014 Pinot Noir

Technical Sheet
Harvest date 15 March 2014
Clones Abel and 115 on Riparia Glorie rootstock
Pruning Two cane pruning / green harvest to one bunch per shoot
Vinification 100% destemmed – indigenous yeasts – 21 days on skins – 33°C max temp.
Ageing 1 year old Francios Feres barrel
Fining or filtering Light filter
Bottling date 12 May 2015
Alcohol by volume 12.5%
pH 3.51
Titratable Acidity 5.6
Residual Sugar 0.23 g/L
Production 21 cases

Reviews

William Grace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 (Aug 2016)
★★★★★
From their high-density (10,000 vines/hectare) 0.1-hectare vineyard in the Martinborough Terraces, the grapes were grown using organic and biodynamic practices. It is sweetly fragrant and elegantly savoury on the nose displaying dark cherry, game, dried herb and violet characters with nuances of toasted almond and vanilla. The palate is concentrated and finely textured, and delivers lovely fruit purity as well as engaging complexity, leading to an extremely fine, sustained finish. A gorgeous Burgundy-inspired pinot. At its best: 2017 to 2024. 93/100 pts.
— Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

William Grace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 (Sep 2016)
★★★★
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter edged. This has an elegant and refined nose with good intensity and depth of dark-red and black berried fruits forming a core with an amalgam of dark herbs, unfolding lifted red florals, some earthy elements and slightly resinous oak. Light-medium bodied, the palate features an elegant core of soft, dark-red berry fruits entwined with savoury dark herbs and earthy notes, along with spicy and slightly resiny oak. This is fine in proportion with the fruit encased in a fine-grained, flowery-textured structure that provides mouthfilling grip. The acidity is soft, enhancing the textures, and the wine carries to a sustained, textural finish of spicy dark-red fruit and oak nuances. This is an elegant Pinot Noir with spicy, slightly resinous oak and considerable fine-grained structure. Match with wild duck or pork over the next 5-6 years. Abel and clone 115 fruit from the 0.1 ha ‘Waihinga Gardens’ vineyard on New York Street, planted to 10,000 vines per ha, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 12 months in a 1 y.o. Francois Freres barrel. 21 dozen made. 17.5+/20 Sep 2016. RRP $45.00.
— Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

2014 William Grace Pinot Noir

2014 Pinot Noir