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John Belsham founded Foxes Island in 1992 to focus on exquisitely made, regionally expressive wines; exactly what he had learned to do in France. he initially made the wines for foxes island from his Rapaura vineyard on the Wairau plains and produced the very first foxes island wine: chardonnay, vintage 1992. 24 years on, Belsham’s passion for producing exceptiona wines has yet to wane; limited in production and genuinely hand crafted, all the wines hold pride of place at the fox house.
Country: New Zealand
Region: Awatere Valley
100 % Pinot Noir
Harvested at 23 to 24°brix the fruit was chilled, de-stemmed and cold soaked for 12 days prior to warming and fermentation in open top fermenters. At dryness the wine was drained and the skins gently pressed following which the components were matured in French oak barrels for 10 months before blending and bottling.
Silky soft and seductive yet wonderfully concentrated, this wine captures the pretty, youthful characters of pinot noir. Fragrant red roses, summer ripe berries & sweet toasty aromas fill the glass whilst delicious layers of dark cherry, baking spice and a hint of dark cocoa add lovely depth.