- Winemaker, Peter Bartle
- Harvest dates: 7th – 8th April 2015, handpicked
- Clone 115
- Bottled 15th July 2016
- pH 3.64
- TA 5.72 g/l
- Alcohol: 14%
- Grapes cold soaked, hand plunged 3 times a day at peak of fermentation
- 3% whole bunch fermentation
- 100% French Oak for 12 months, 33% new oak
- Malolactic fermentation
- Minimal filtration
Wooing Tree – Sandstorm Reserve – 2015
Cromwell’s Wooing Tree, is a family owned single vineyard site, located in the heart of Central Otago, the wine region fast becoming known for its top quality Pinot Noir. For many thousands of years Cromwell has been subjected to sandstorms during strong NW winds. Wind blown sands form Cromwell’s unique habitat as one of the only inland sand dunes in New Zealand. The development of Wooing Tree vineyard created a few sandstorms of its own.
Especially low yielding ripe hand picked fruit, gentle winemaking and extended maturation in French oak have resulted in a complex and powerful wine. It has aromas of ripe cherries and plums, a rich and silky smooth palate and a long spicy finish. A great example of one of the best Central Otago Pinot Noirs – Best rewards are gained by careful cellaring.