Pinot Noir 2008
What makes the Ant Moore wines different? What makes them stand out from the rest?
It could be the label, which is about as colourful as the personality of the winemaker himself, Ant Moore.
But we all know not to judge a book by its cover - the answer is in the bottle, you'll just have to try it and see.
Carefully handpicked and crafted in Alexandra in Central Otago, the Ant Moore Pinot Noir 2008 (rrp $29.95) is a single vineyard wine that perfectly showcases the fruit characters that make Pinot a recognisable and instant success with most but also displays the intense richness and backbone of the Central Otago region which is slightly unusual for Pinot Noir.
"This wine is really drinking well, and is only going to get better" says Ant Moore, owner and winemaker of Ant Moore wines. "Last year I was a bit scared as it looked a little young, tight and oaky. But over time it has become much more integrated, showing the unique layers and flavours this region can achieve, and which have even more potential as the wine ages further".
Being a young winemaker, Ant fortunately has time on his side and with this in mind he has started off the three year process of converting several of his vineyards in New Zealand to be certified organic. This move to sustainable wine making is not only as a result of the increasing awareness and demand for organically grown and made wines, but is something Ant truly believes in. "I feel that there is a growing demand in this market for wines that are not just organic, but are actually a quality product that you would buy alongside any other wine" says Ant.
The move towards sustainable winemaking commenced just prior to the 2008 vintage, which in itself was an exceptional growing season in Central Otago, so this wine has benefited two fold. Optimal fruit ripeness, low yielding vineyards and 100% oak aging (in a selection of aged barrels from a range of coopers) has produced a Pinot Noir of exceptional quality and balance given its price point of just $29.95.