Dovetail 2011


Vintage 2011 Production - 1,787 bottles
Vine Age 19-25 years
Clones CL5, CL6, Abel & Syrah MS
Vineyards Cambridge Road Homeblock Martinborough
Elevage 12 months in neutral oak
Composition 71% Pinot Noir & 29% Syrah
Alcohol 13.0%
Sulphite Content <10ppm


The third release of this label from our home vineyard, again a true reflection of the site blended in the ratios we took from the land. This is a grand vintage in my estimation, low alcohols coupled with superb natural acidities that bear the hallmarks of elegance. Aged in barrel for a year prior to a winter in tank then bottled without filtration or fining with very low sulphites. There is energy to this wine which is now only emerging from its youth. The cool vintage Syrah gifts the wine plenty of spice which elevates the overall intensity of the Pinot’s floral red fruits and forest margin. The palate is youthful and finely honed, lively and clean. Expect this wine to build breadth with time. Cellar comfortably for up to 12 years.