Lime Rock Estate Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2015


This is an elegant Pinot Noir, produced from the fruits of a single vineyard site in Central Hawke’s Bay, west side of the town Waipawa.  Due to its distinctive site, the wine is lean, with intense earthy, dark berry notes. One of best Hawke’s Bay Pinots.


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Lime Rock Vineyard is an unique boutique wine producer in Central Hawke’s Bay, west side of the town Waipawa. The vineyard had been planted on the slopes of an old limestone quarry. The underlying limestone base is derived from an old sea bed. The crumbly limestone structure, called Coquina made up of crushed barnacle shells, embedded with large scallop and oyster shells that form the base of the logo.  The entire property occupies 20 hectares of lands, of which 9 hectares are planted.

Lime Rock vineyard represents the best quality Pinot Noir producer in Hawke’s Bay wine region.

The vineyard is currently managed by the proprietor couple, Rodger Tynan who runs viticulture, and Rose Butler does the winemaking.

The vineyard has between 230m and 270m altitude results in cooler sites and steep slopes that allow cool air to drain and prevent frosts. The area in general is much cooler than the rest of Hawke’s Bay, suitable to produce Pinot varieties, Sauvignon Blanc, and other Germanic varieties.

The couple converted bare lands into what it is now since 2001. They planted Pinot, Sauvignon Blanc, Grunner Veltliner, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

All vines are trained on VSP trellis system, with about 2500 vines per hectare. We aim to have yields of less than 2kg per vine. Shoot thinning and leaf plucking are done by hand and any green bunches removed before veraison. The reserve Pinot Noir comes mainly from a very steep slope planted with clones 777, 667 and Abel.

The vintage of 2015 had been harvested early April. All berries are fermented in small parcels, one batch per day. The fruit is soaked in juice at cool temperatures for 3-5 days and allow the ferment to take its course before pressing and filling our premium barrels. The barrel came from famous French coopers, like Mercurey, Dargaud & Jaegle and François Frères. After malo-lactic fermentation and ageing the wines for about eight months in our 225 litres barrels we blend the best of the barrels.

Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 9.5 × 9.5 × 29 cm

Wine Type

Serving and Ageing

Serve the wine in New World Burgundian glasses at around 14℃.
This wine is best to enjoy now.


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