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Primary Notes: Blackberry, Blackcurrant Vanilla
Body: Medium -
Dryness: Very Dry
Acidity: Medium +
Alcohol (%): 12.5
Origin & Awards
Origin: Canterbury, New Zealand
Maker: The Hermit Ram
Grape: Pinot Noir
Fermentation: Natural Amphora
Decanting: <30 minutes
Serving Temperature: Best served at 16 degrees.
Asian Food Pairing: Peking duck, roast duck noodle, Sio Bak
Western Food Pairing: Charcuterie platters, lamb shoulder, beef tartare
The Hermit Ram Zealandia Pinot Noir 2020
The Hermit Ram Zealandia Pinot Noir is at once fleshy, spicy and shows admirable finesse. Bursts of blackberry and vanilla flavours over a mild tannic structure. Beyond lovely Pinot.
"Zealandia Pinot Noir brings all the complexity and diversity of North Canterbury soils and exposures together in one harmonious expression to create a unique ‘New-Zealand-ness’ in the glass.” - Theo Coles
100% Pinot Noir. The fruit for this wine comes from two vineyards: one a small close planted vineyard on the Omihi slopes and the other on the valley floor. The soil in Omihi is predominantly clay with bands of limestone and iron oxide, and the valley floor has glacial gravels with layers of silt and the odd bit of broken limestone dispersed throughout the profile.
Harvesting and destemming of the fruit by hand. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts and a long maceration. The wine ages in amphorae. Bottling without fining or filtering and just a small touch of SO2.