Te Mata Alma Pinot Noir 2018 750ml
FIRST PLANTED IN 1999, THIS PREMIERE VINTAGE OF ALMA IS THE FINEST EXPRESSION OF TE MATA ESTATE’S 20-YEAR COMMITMENT TO GREAT NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR. ALMA EXPRESSES BROODING CHERRY AND DELICIOUS RIPE, DARK PLUM FLAVOURS THAT UNFURL WITH SAVOURY WILDWOOD SCENTS OF TRUFFLE AND SPICE.
Alma celebrates Dr James Thomson, a hero of the 1854 Battle of the Alma during the
Crimean War and forefather to Te Mata Estate’s Buck family. Knowing the vanquished
enemy soldiers had already contracted cholera, Dr Thomson volunteered to tend to their
wounds, saving the lives of over four hundred, and sacrificing his own in the process.
The medal he was awarded for this selfless act of valour appears on the label of Alma
Separate parcels of fully ripened pinot noir grapes were hand-harvested from Te Mata
Estate’s Woodthorpe Vineyards between 3 and 17 March 2018.
The individual lots were each destemmed and given a traditional warm-plunged
fermentation. The resulting wines underwent extended maceration on skins before
pressing. The separate wines were then run to a mixture of new and seasoned French
oak barriques for 11 months’ maturation.
Midnight-dark with a deep crimson edge, Alma ’18 is a triumph of aromatic wild
strawberry, black cherry, currants, marzipan, sage and sandalwood. The palate’s ripe,
sustained, structure reveals a parade of spice and brooding, soft, dark, berry fruits and
rich savoury tannins - set to unfurl with time. Cherry, black plum, cinnamon and smoke,
all glide across a palate which is wonderfully deep-set. Finely-dressed for its debut, the premiere release of Alma ’18 is modern, majestic, and
enchanting in its detail.
Alma Pinot Noir ’18 is closed with a ‘Diam’ cork, which eliminates any possibility of
cork taint, allowing continued evolution in bottle for six years from harvest.