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2018 The Hermit Ram "Whole Bunch" Pinot Noir North Canterbury (Natural)

SKU #1444932

According to winemaker Theo Coles: "It all began in 2002 when I stumbled across an etching of a large gnarly looking ram standing in a field during my travels. He was defiant, a little sauvage, had an old world charm and was very New Zealand. I bought him, had him framed and hung him up in my lounge. 10 years later I happened across Gareth Renowden, the owner of the Limestone Hills vineyard in the Waipara Gorge. Along with a truffiere he had 1000 Pinot Noir vines planted on beautiful active limestone soil. He wanted help to make some wine, after a walk and a talk we agreed to make the wine together. I thought ‘at least I’ll have some decent Pinot to drink..’ Gareth’s vineyard ticks all the boxes, it is close planted, naturally farmed and small. I made the first vintage of Pinot Noir in 2012, all naturally, no additions and matured in neutral oak hogsheads. As the wine progressed through maturation it got better and better, and revealed its true vineyard character to me. It had an exciting mix of savoury fruit aromatics and salivating salty acidity. I had to bottle it." *Natural Wine*


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