On Giants’ Shoulders Pinot Noir 2016






Alcohol                       13.5%

pH                               3.65

T.A.                              5.8g/L

Harvest brix                22.5 – 23.8

Harvest                       29.03.16 – 18.04.16

Bottled                        August 2017

Bottles Produced       4278


Using a mixture of clones, 10/5, Abel, UCD5 and 828, our intention in the vineyard is to produce florally expressive Pinot noir with excellent structure and finesse on the palate.  The fruit for the 2016 vintage was hand harvested and hand sorted in the vineyard from 29th March through to 18th April.  In the winery, grapes were crushed, with an average 35% whole bunch retained.  Minimal additions of sulphur at crush allowed for three to six-day preferment macerations.  Fermentation started naturally and was completed at warm temperatures, total cuvaison of 21 – 27 days prior to pressing.  Matured for 12 months in 30% new oak, with coopers including Francois Freres, Chassin, Saint Martin and Sylvain.  Blended in April 2017, the wine was settled for four months prior to filtration and bottling in August 2017.

Reviews (3)


  1. Bob Campbell – Master of Wine

    94 / 100

  2. Raymond Chan – Wine Reviewer

    18 / 20

    Moderately dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple tints. The nose is fine in proportion the fruit expression initially tight and restrained. The aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit show with red florals intermingling with subtle notes of dark herbs unfolding a hint of whole bunch stalk perfumes. The aromatics build in intensity and volume in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has good concentration with flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit with savoury elements, along with subtle notes of red florals, dark herbs and stalk. The fruit is encased by fine, grainy tannin structure with integrated, ripe acidity, The flavours lead with good drive to a long, finely packed, lingering finish of red fruits and savoury herbs. This is an elegant Pinot Noir with flavours of dark red cherry and berry fruit complexed by dark herb and whole cluster detail on a well-structured palate. Match with duck and pork dishes over the next 6+ years.

  3. Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

    95 / 100

    The vineyard is likely best known as the the source of Escarpment’s Pahi Pinot Noir, though the 1988 planted McCreanor vineyard is now in the hands of Gabrielle and Braden Crosby. Bottles are being labelled now and the release of the wine is imminent. Anyway, here’s one of my highlights from a flying visit to Martinborough last month.

    Slightly earthy and gamey, in a good way, cocoa dipped plums, floral too. Full bodied, layered with tannin, dried herb perfume, and more of that rich tannin pushing it out. Heaps of power, and a feel of ‘minerality’ throughout. Woah. Great expression of Martinborough Pinot Noir here.

    Rated : 95 Points

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