The wine is a dark black-purple in colour, denser than all but the finest vintage pinot noir. Aromatically complex and lifted, the fine hazelnut aromas of oak and lees grace the intense violet and creamed black-fruit characters. The silky, classic Pinot Noir palate is driven by warm ripe black-cherry and doris-plum flavours, hints of cola nut and intense mushroom. An almost atypical Pinot tannin structure is the result of a fantastic vintage and reflects the potential of the Marlborough site. The weight, length and intensity of the wine promise a cellaring potential of at least seven years from vintage.
When Sliding Hill was pushed out of the sea, rock was crushed like grapes in a press. Wind and water then sprinkled loose soil, rich in minerals over our land. It created a prefect bed for raising Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. At Sliding Hill in Marlborough New Zealand, with a little help from nature, we have created wine whose depth, complexity and character and literally off the Richter scale.