Ribbonwood Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
Lush, rounded palate with dark and summer fruit compote flavours, along with some savoury smokey bacon notes. A charming wine with good intensity and tannin structure. Some gentle supporting oak and dark chocolate flavours add interest.
Located in the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Ribbonwood is the sister winery to Framingham wines, making deliciously modern wines in the Marlborough style: expressively aromatic with vibrant fruit flavours. We have listed these wines for a number of years now and they have always delivered quality and value for money. Our recent tasting with Sally Easton MW was cause only to remind us how good they are! Ribbonwood Wines (which takes its name from the native deciduous trees which are planted alongside the winery) was founded by Dr Andrew Hedley (PhD Organic Chemistry) and his wife Debra in 1993, after moving from their native Gateshead in the north of England. Their wines are handcrafted, with dozens of small lots being fermented in tiny individual tanks. This allows plenty of room to handle a multitude of picking times, yeast strains and temperatures. The resultant wines derive their complexity from the enormous variety of blending components available to the winemaking team. Ribbonwood specialises in fruit from mature to old vines in Wairau, one of Marlborough’s most prestigious viticultural areas. Here the vines are planted on an unusual east-west direction; the resulting shade on the south side of each row produces more herbaceous fruit than other sites in Marlborough. Since vintage 2009 Ribbonwood have been accredited for achieving 100% environmentally sustainable vineyard and winery practices. Over the last ten years, they have planted over 1,000 native shrubs and trees, enhancing the biodiversity of the vineyard. More recently, they embraced light-weight bottles and recycled cartons, further reducing their carbon footprint.