Cloudy Bay – Te Wahi 2017 750ml


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Te Wahi means ‘the place’ in te reo Māori, reflecting both the importance of terroir and the sense of finding our second home. It is a powerful wine with an opulent core of dark berry fruit and structured tannins. Over time, warm spices and notes of forest floor flourish and provide complexity. The grapes for Te Wahi 2017 were predominantly de-stemmed into open top fermenters, with 15% whole-bunch inclusion. The grapes underwent a five day cold soak before the start of wild yeast fermentation. Cap management consisted of plunging between one and four times daily, with a maximum fermentation temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. Total skin contact time ranged from 17 to 25 days, with the pressing date determined by taste. After 12 months of barrelageing in French Oak barriques – of which 30% were new – the wine was bottled on the 3rd of July 2018.

Tasting notes

On the nose, the 2017 Te Wahi Pinot Noir is dark and intense. The nose is dusky brambles, wild strawberries and hints of violets. On the palate, the palate is elegant, with damson and hedgerow fruit underpinned by dense tannins and vibrant freshness. This is a sophisticated Pinot Noir, with balance, clarity and a long, focused finish.