NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR Wine Making Kit - International series. Appellation: Marlborough, New Zealand. Style: Recognized for centuries as the Queen of red grapes, Pinot Noir makes one of the old worlds most sought after wine. In the New World, New Zealand is fast becoming well known for making some of the most exciting and sought after Pinot Noir. Blessed by New Zealands tempered maritime climate and plenty of sunshine, the grapes ripen slowly and perfectly, to allow for making a brilliant wine. This wine wraps delicacy and balance in potent layers of violet aromas and luscious red fruit characteristics of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry. Rather than seizing your palate, the silky tannins caress it, with a velvety, smooth finish that leads to a captivating and elusive aftertaste of spice and warm, toasty vanilla, creating a lasting impression on the palate, and in the memory. The intense varietal character is brilliantly expressed by our specially selected AC yeast, which allows the true fruit to shine through in this highly focused and delicious wine. Harvest Conditions: pH 3.60, Brix 22.5, T.A. 4.00 gram per L. Similar Styles: Domaine des Brumes, Selection Pinot Noir, Estate Series Oregon Yamhill County Pinot Noir. Food Pairings: Excellent with Boeuf Bourguignon, game meats, turkey, and salmon. Best paired with simply spiced, but rich foods that wont overpower the wine. Sweetness Code: 0 - completely dry. Alcohol by Volume: 12.0 - 12.5. Oak: 60 grams of medium toast French Oak. Ageing: While tempting to drink young, this wine will only begin to show its velvety tannin and rich fruit after three months, ageing for at least a year will help to release its potential, with a peak at around two years. - 16 liters/4.22 gallons - Makes up to 23 liters/6 gallons. Approx. 30 - 750ml bottles. Ready to bottle in 6 weeks.