The Show of Hand 2018

Show of Hands

Pinot Noir, 2018

A bright and vibrant Pinot Noir with spicy complexity from well-integrated French oak. Aromas of rose petals, ripe cherry and cedar are complemented by layers of bright red fruit, wild thyme and chalky earthiness on the palate. Supple, yet assertive tannins lead through to a textural finish.

“Crushed violets and a floral edge with a wealth of brambly red cherries on offer, as well as a spicy, sappy thread on the nose. The palate has sleek, fresh blueberries and red cherries, cast in fine-grained, juicy and succulently sturdy tannins. Drink or hold.”
93 Points – James Suckling 

About the Vineyard
Little Oasis Vineyard

The Vineyard

Bendigo Sub Region

Bendigo lies east of the Clutha River and Lake Dunstan, with grapes planted on both medium and high elevation terraces. Dramatic in geography, this warm area has semi arid soils at variable depths, with free draining soils at the lower levels and shallower soils as altitude increases. We have long admired the delicate and aromatic nature of the fruit that comes from these vineyards.

Claim 431

Vineyard

The Claim 431 vineyard is planted with specially selected Pinot Noir clones, each with different ripening characteristics, which lends complexity and structure to the blend. Although a large single vineyard site, its diversity of terroir, combined with clonal selections creates extraordinary fruit, with notable dark plum and boysenberry characteristics.

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Cromwell Basin

Subregion

The Cromwell Basin contains the highest concentration of vines in Central Otago, and is bounded by the Kawarau River, Lake Dunstan and the Pisa mountain ranges. There is sense of warmth to the wines that come from this area, that arguably made the region famous two decades ago.  However, we look very much for the more delicate aromatics that can be found, in the higher hills on the Pisa Terrace.

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Piza Terrace

Location

This site is managed by good friend and super-talented winemaker, Duncan Forsyth of Mount Edward Wines, and we have been lucky enough to work with this fruit for the last two years.  His approach to winemaking is very similar to ours, so the picking decisions (early!) suit both of us well, showing off the red fruit aromatics and earthy structure born out of the site.

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Tasting Show of Hands

With Ben Glover

Watch Marlborough Wine Maker Ben Glover as he tastes Show of Hands in the Vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale Ruby

Aroma

Aromas of rose petals, ripe cherry and cedar.

Palate

Layers of bright red fruit, wild thyme, and chalky earthiness on the palate with supple but assertive tannins and a textural finish.