Kusuda Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018 750ml - SOLD OUT
Another beautifully elegant Martinborough Pinot Noir from this exceptional producer. - Rare and special.
Kusuda 2018 Pinot Noir
Dates harvested: 14-24.March. Harvested by hand with rigorous selection
Sugar level (Brix): 21.5 – 23
Clone: Able, Dijon 113/114/115/667/777, UCD5/6, 10-5, Mariafeld
TA: 5.0 g/l
Vinification: 85% destemmed, cold soaked for 6 to 12 days. Fermented in open stainless-steel vats with pumping-over and hand plunging, total period of maceration 17 to 25 days. Aged in French (31.6% new) oak barriques for 16 months. Unfined and bottled with coarse filtration.
Date of Bottling: 13. Sep.2019
Bottles produced: 4,940
Remarks: From the high-density block (majority 7400 plants/ha) we started to lease in 2011 then purchased after the 2015 vintage. Dry spring followed by very warm summer with the wetter than usual February. It was tricky to find the balance between the rising sugar level and the tannin maturity. The sorting was crucial. 25hl/ha.
"Hiro Kusuda is a well-known perfectionist –there are even rumours he gets his harvest team to sort grapes by the berry. If that’s true, it’s paying off! Aromas of heather, ink and spice lead to a refined, svelte and supple palate that is pretty, fresh and long. There’s often a real uniqueness to Kusuda’s wines, and this is no exception: not showy, but it really stops you in your tracks.
Drinking Window 2020 - 2030" - Tasted by Oliver Styles