Our flagship Hatters Hill Pinot Noir is a rich and complex example of how the Delta vineyard’s clay soils influence the development of the Pinot Noir grapes. Rich dark fruits, balanced with smooth earthy notes are effortlessly combine to form a rich, well rounded Pinot Noir.
Our best clone 115 Pinot Noir grapes were selected for this blend. Fermented at temperatures of up to 34 degrees, whole bunches were added to enhance the complexity of this wine. Once fermented, the wine was aged in French oak barriques for 10 months, 33% of which were new.
Drinking beautifully now, but with the stature and complexity to age for another five years and beyond, this wine is an excellent accompaniment to a rich rack of lamb, or a beautiful mushroom risotto.
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Awards and Accolades
94 Points: Wine Orbit
Sweetly fruited and seductively complex, the wine shows spiced cherry, dark plum, cured meat and olive characters on the nose. It's equally attractive on the palate, offering lovely weight and rounded mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by silken texture and polished tannins, finishing long and delightfully savoury. At its best: now to 2024.
- Wine Orbit: Sam Kim
Really nice bouquet of Pinot Noir with an immediate sense of pinosity from fruit then spice then soil. Aromas of red berries and roses, plum and light brown baking spice and stony, dry stone mineral layer. Harmonious and inviting. On the palate - youthful, fresh, varietal and tense with chalk-dust textures of tannin, medium+ acidity and fruit flavours that reflect the nose. Youthful still, nice weight and tension, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2023
- Cameron Douglas: Master Somm
The 2018 vintage (4.5*) was matured for 10 months in old French oak barriques. Fragrant and supple, it is ruby hued, sweet-fruited and savoury, with youthful cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing good concentration and complexity. Best drinking 2021+.
- Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide
Delta Hatters Hill Pinot Noir 2017 Wins: Coterie Wine of Provenance Trophy 2019
- Marlborough Wine Show 2019
Trophy & 95 Points
Hatters Hill Pinot Noir 2017 wins Best Marlborough Pinot Noir trophy at the International Wine Challenge 2019. Described as "Plush as a velvet cushion with black cherry fruit flavours and a long lasting finish. Seductive and lush but elegantly balanced."
- IWC 2019
Delta Hatters Hill Pinot Noir 2017 wins a Grand Gold at the Mondial Des Pinots in Switzerland, August 2019
- Mondial Des Pinots 2019
Judges comments: "Youthful, bright and plush, bold and has good weight and length." 95 points
- ICCWS 2019
Blue-Gold & Top 100 Wine
Hatters Hill Pinot Noir 2017 wins Blue-Gold and a Top 100 Wine award at the 2018 Sydney International Wine Competition.
- Sydney International Wine Show
Hatters Hill Pinot Noir 2017 wins Gold at the New Zealand Wine Awards 2018
- NZ Wine Awards 2018
Hatters Hill Pinot Noir 2016 wins Gold at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2017
- NZ International Wine Show '17