The Quiet Earth

Our take on Martinborough Pinot. Whole bunches, carbonic fermentation in neutral stainless steel to express pure fruit. Wildly made with grapes from Cambridge Road Martinborough plantings. "A wine which comfortably straddles sweet fruit and savoury complexity with great control, it successfully blurs the lines between fine and natural wine" — Stephen Wong, MW

$220

100% Pinot Noir (six clones)
Martinborough
14-25 Days Skin Contact
Farmed and made naturally
450 Cases

Review — Stephen Wong

The fourth and final wine of the lineup is also the standout. The Quiet Earth 2022 is a collaboration with Lance Redgewell at Cambridge Road in Martinborough. There were a few iterations along the way (I was lucky enough to try one of them and can attest that the final result is a vast improvement) but ultimately, the wine combines Pinot Noir from the Cirrus Estate vineyard with a Pinot Noir Syrah blend from the Cambridge Road vineyard (where the two varieties are planted together). This makes it 93% Pinot Noir and 7% Syrah with a combined total of 37% whole cluster fermentation and partial carbonic maceration. T he cuvaison ranged from 14 to 25 days on skins depending on the portion and the wine shows a clear backbone and structure whilst still retaining a lot of elegance and a clearly-defined jawline. Aged in tank, there is no oak to detract from the fabulously concentrated, spicy, classical Martinborough Pinot Noir flavours, elevated by the fresh, floral chewiness of cool-climate Syrah. A wine which comfortably straddles sweet fruit and savoury complexity with great control, it successfully blurs the lines between fine and natural wine; contemplative one minute

17.5 — A very fine wine, flirting with greatness