Southern Hemisphere News: Two Striking Pinots from Maison L'Envoyer

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Southern Hemisphere News:  Two Striking Pinots from Maison L'Envoyer

Maison L’Envoyé “The house of the messenger” where they strive to make Pinot Noir where it sings of its origins. It is a project that is an exploration of the best sites dedicated to the cultivation of Pinot Noir. With a footprint in places such as Burgundy France, Willamette Valley Oregon, Central Otago New Zealand, and Tasmania Australia. Everything they produce comes from small growers and family owned vineyards. 


The journey started in Burgundy, France as much of the best Pinot have for centuries. They then found their passion for Pinot Noirs taken them to another great Pinot producing region of the world in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Then finally they found themselves south of the equator in Tasmania and New Zealand. As far as the Southern Hemisphere goes we have two wines; one from Tasmania a small Island off the coast of Australia and Central Otago, New Zealand. 


2017 Maison L’Envoyé Pinot Noir, Coal River Valley, Tasmania

This wine is made by the winemaking team of Giant steps winery which is based in yarra valley New Zealand. Tasmania is an up and comer in the sparkling wine world which the role of pinot noir has proven to play an important role in their production of sparkling wine. The grapes for this wine come from the Coal River valley  which has a lot of rainfall and a mountain range that gives off a cloud coverage and constant amount of rainfall which allows for uninterrupted spring flowering and fruit set. The Nocton Vineyard which has dolerit-based soils and was planted in 1999 has 84 acres all closely planted vines which encourages the vines to drive their roots deeper into the soils. The 2017 vintage in Tasmania was its usual wet and cool self with a good amount of rainfall. The Winemaking team at Giant Steps were the brains behind the making of this wine. The fruit was all handpicked and sorted by the team. Then 30% who clusters underwent fermentation in a large french oak vat. It was then transferred into french Oak barriques for 9 months and remained unfined and unfiltered before bottling. This Pinot Noir is delicate and fragrant with a distinct character of red apple, cranberry and nutmeg and earth notes. The use of oak on the wine gives a good texture and mouth-feel on a very supple palate. 

$27.99 per bottle


2017 Maison L’Envoyé Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand

This is the world’s most southern wine region as well as the highest altitude growing region in New Zealand. Like the bottling from Tasmania, this wine was created by the winemaking team from Giant Steps Winery out of the Yarra Valley in New Zealand.  The Tosq vineyard is located in the Pisa district in Central Otago. The vineyard is owned by the Thompson Family and is farmed organically. It is located on a river and glacial terraces. The soils are predominantly schist-derived fine sandy loams. The 2017 vintage was very low yielding for this vineyard which makes handpicking the grapes a little easier on the harvest team. Vitrification started off with 50% of the grapes being destemed and the other 50% of the grapes were loft as whole clusters and crushed.  The wine was pressed into 25% new, 25% 2nd use and 50% seasoned french oak barriques for maturation and malolactic fermentation after 9 months the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. This pinot is anything but muted it is bright and expressive with dark cherry, plum and undertones of thyme characters. Toasted oak notes imart a nice mouthfeel against the generous palate through a long finish.

$27.99 per bottle


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