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Churton Wines Natural State

Churton Wines Natural State 2019

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandNatural State is the second generation, Jack and Ben Weaver's, new personal project. It comes from organically / biodynamically farmed pinot noir from the hillside Clod Block of their Waihopai Valley estate vineyard, planted in 2000, their youngest pinot noir block. Picked in 2 tranches, this was destemmed, native fermented with 14 days on skins (half a lunar month) and tipped into French barrels for 3 months. It was racked once, and bottled in August 2019 with no additions save for a small amount of sulphur. Fresh and authentic, cloudy with intent, this lighter bodied red fills the mouth with dark raspberry, cherry blossoms, and an underbelly of Japanese plum before a saline rinse on the finish. Tannins are lightly sticky, and acidity is moderate. Next gen; a line to watch.Tasted: 28 February 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 31.95 consignment Producer: Churton WinesDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Pinot Noir