The Hermit Ram Pinot Noir Wholebunch 2018The Hermit Ram
Origin: North Canterbury, New Zealand
Grape: Pinot Noir
Wine Maker Theo Coles' own label Hermit Ram has attracted quite a following. This year's release of his whole bunch fermented Pinot Noir is the best release yet, brighter, more fruitful and more floral. Crunchy and juicy raspberry and cherry fruit on the palate, this wine is immediately rewarding! It's juicy and savoury on the palate but with ample texture and length owing to its whole bunch aspect. Pinot Noir with the x-factor.
Theo Coles made the first vintage of Hermit Ram Pinot Noir in 2012, all naturally, no additions and matured in neutral oak hogsheads. As the wine progressed through maturation it got better and better, and revealed its true vineyard character to Theo. It had an exciting mix of savoury fruit aromatics and salivating salty acidity. It had to be bottled. Today, the range of wines are expanding, exciting things are happening. In general the fruit comes from tiny, close planted sites on limestone. They are grown by wine lovers, not big enough to be onerous, planted to give joy. The vines are naturally farmed and the wines made with the minimal amount of additions. Old techniques are employed. They are wines of depth, complexity, individuality and most importantly drink-ability.