A cool spring in 2006 kept the yields very low for the 2007 vintage.  The low frost risk and higher than average heat units of the Quest Farm vineyard meant the grapes were able to be hung for an extended period to maximise concentration.   The 2007 wine contains a mixture of clones (Abel, 10/5, 115, 667, 777, 5 and 113).  Hand picked, the grapes were destemmed without crushing.  Gravity fed into small open top fermenters, the whole berries underwent nine days of pre ferment soak.  Fermentation took another seven days, before eight days of post ferment maceration.  The grapes are then gently pressed through a basket press before undergoing Malo lactic fermentation and maturation in 30% new French barriques for approximately twelve months.  The wine is lightly fined and unfiltered before bottling in May. Along with the more usual spicy, plum and gamey characters, there is a distinctive bush honey and briar character in the wine which is specific to the site. Super concentrated and savoury in style, the 2007 has strong but supple tannins which will enable continued development and reward further cellaring.

Quest Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007                                                                                   

Early fans of Sacred Hill wines might be familiar with the two Mason brothers.  One went on to become the CEO of what’s now a very large company, the other (with a penchant for firearms and fast farm vehicles) upped sticks from Hawke’s Bay ten years ago to tackle 145 ha of scrubby valley land in Lowburn, Central Otago.  Pinot Noir was his passion, and now his vineyard has 18 unique sites that have contributed to this super-concentrated, savoury focussed, incredibly aromatic wine.  Oozing bramble fruits, dusty earth, strawberry guava and forest floor flavours, it is a brooding, contemplative, penetrative and persistent wine – and destined for great things I’m sure.  Visit www.questfarm.co.nz for where to buy.Yvonne Yorkin, Hawkes Bay Today. Saturday 22nd August 2009

Quest Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007                                                                     

From Mark Mason, co-founder of Sacred Hill, the 2007 vintage was grown in the Cromwell Basin and matured for a year in French oak casks (30% new). Mouth filling and supple, it’s a savoury, sweet-fruited wine with strong, vibrant cheery and plum flavours, offering excellent drink now onwards. Michael Cooper’s Buyer Guide to New Zealand Wines 2010.

Quest Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007                                                                                             

The nose is ripe and gentle displaying dark plum, spice and game characters. It’s powerfully contrasted on the palate showing succulent mouthfell, crisp acidity and fine chalky tannins.  The wine is restrained and firm showing excellent structure and a lengthy finish. At it best now to 2012. Limited availalbity, 14%, screw cap. www.questfarm.co.nz. Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Dec 2009


Current Status -

750ml bottles – SOLD OUT

1.5L bottles – limited volume available

Drinking: now until 2012, or 2017+ for larger format bottles.