Closely planted in 2001, the Quest Farm Pinot noir contains a mixture of clones (Abel, 115, 667, 777, 6, 114, 5, 10/5 and 113). The wines are hand-picked and delivered to the winery where the large portion is then destemmed without crushing. Depending on the season, clone and vineyard block we will use up to fifty percent whole bunch in the ferments. Gravity fed into small open top fermenters, the grapes undergo ten days of pre ferment soak before the natural yeasts begin fermentation. Fermentation takes approximately another seven days, before up to ten days of post ferment maceration. The grapes are then gently pressed through a basket press before undergoing Malolactic fermentation and maturation in French barriques for approximately twelve months. The wine is lightly fined before bottling.
A fantastic year for Central Otago, a warm spring and flowering period meant no frosts were experienced and the fruit set well at the farm. The remainder of the season progressed well and the perfect ripening period meant the fruit could hang out with no risk of disease to maximise flavour and phenolic development. The 2010 has great concentration, a spicy and fragrant aromas savoury forest floor characters and soft silky tannins. The Single Vineyard Quest Farm will continue to develop and evolve in the bottle for at least ten years.
Picking Date: April 2010
TA 6.3 g/l
Quest Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 $40 4.5 Stars
After a twelve-year gestation, Mark (Mac) Mason and Michelle Crawford’s jaw-dropping site at the foothills of the Pisa Range has finally produced pinot noir that you can actually buy! The Farm might’ve had no water, no power, and no access when Mac first purchased it, but that didn’t stop him from planting 18 different blocks over 20 hectares of his stunning 150-hectare site.
You’ll find lifted raspberry, red rose and exotic spices and smoke on the nose followed by juicy, plummy flavours and solid focused tannins. Yvonne Lorkin, November 2012.
Estate-grown in the Cromwell Basin, the 2010 vintage (****½), which carries a gold label, is deeply coloured, rich and smooth, with dense cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent ripeness and structure. Best drinking 2014+. Micheal Cooper, Wine Buyers Guide. 2012