Fromm Back Vintage Single Vineyard Pinot noir
Everything Hatsch Kalberer does is with great thought and inestimable passion. RAYMOND CHAN
This Marlborough producer makes reliably excellent pinot noir thanks to vine age and winemaker wisdom. BOB CAMPBELL
It’s a superb, effortless, understated wine. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front
The rinse and repeat cycle of wine releases often means we are constantly offering only the latest and greatest from wineries around the world, so it is always a little bit special when we get a chance to offer wines with a little bit of age under their belt. So when this little parcel of back vintage 2016 Pinot Noir from one of New Zealand’s top producers became available we jumped at the chance.
The wines made by Hätsch Kalberer at Fromm are vastly underrated in the landscape of New Zealand Pinot Noir. While big names like Ata Rangi in Martinborough and Felton Road in Central Otago draw the brightlights, in Marlborough, Hätsch and his team quietly go about their business, working their now 20+ year old organic vineyards and crafting some of the country’s most compelling wines. Find any list of top wines in Marlborough, if not New Zealand, and offerings by Fromm will be sitting pretty up the top of the tree.
Hätsch Kalberer was a pioneer in Marlborough in his approach to crafting single vineyard wines in particular. While the region is often better known for bulk, high cropping vineyards that produce wines of a more homogenous style. Site specific wines have long been a focus at Fromm and as their vineyards have matured, the imprint of these sites on the wines has become even clearer.
Today we have two wines from two distinct sites on offer. The first is from a cooler block of Churton’s east -facing organic vineyard in the Waihopai Valley. Protected from the afternoon sun, this site delivers wonderfully elegant pinot noir with deep seated, understated power and the structure to age gracefully. Mike Bennie calls the 2016 release a “…superb, effortless, understated wine”.
The second wine in today’s offer is from the Quarters Vineyard in the Brancott Valley which has a reputation for producing wonderfully expressive pinot noir. Jamie Goode calls the 2016 release “Vivid and detailed” with a “lovely personality and freshness, and also seriousness.” If you loved perfumed, silky pinot, this is a winner.