MASTER ABEL PINOT NOIR 2018
Nose: Aromas of plum, dark cherry, red liquorice and rosemary
Palate: Raspberry and cassis on the palate. This sexy, understated wine exudes elegance with persistent bright red fruit, fine tannins and enduring freshness. The athletic frame speaks of its “classic” Bendigo origins, yet it’s supple and graceful side show a character less often found in the sub-region. It’s class in a glass!
About the wine: Back in the 70s, a crafty Kiwi traveller returning from France tried to smuggle in a small cutting of vine. Tucked in his gumboot of all places. Sadly for him, an eager customs officer (and aspiring wine maker) named Malcom Abel confiscated it.
The cutting had been stolen from the holy grail of Pinot – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy. Abel recognised its significance right away and paid for it to be put through quarantine. A few months later, the cutting was released. Abel planted his prized Pinot clone, and died shortly after. But his legend lives on. The Abel clone, or the gumboot clone as it’s affectionally known, now makes up a large portion of New Zealand’s Pinot Noir.
What it says on the bottle: This is not mass-produced sh*t! We make premium small batch wines with attitude. We dedicate our vintages to ground breaking, rule-defying characters who followed their passion and forged their own path.
Country: Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir