Country: New Zealand
Winery: Sileni Estate
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Aging: Oak barrels
ABOUT THE WINERY
Sileni Estates is a relatively new name in New Zealand, founded in 1997 by Sir Graeme Avery. He found the name Sileni in Greek mythology. Sileni was the wine god Dionyso's faithful companion. When there was to be a feast, Sileni would always be there to spread good vibes and get guests to eat and drink all night long. The name thus stands for delicious food, fantastic wine and good company visualized with the triangle in the house logo. The domain covers 106 acres in Hawke's Bay, historically the finest area in New Zealand with warm summers and mild winters. Sileni has certified sustainable operations. The vineyard broke through with a bang in 2004 when Sileni Sauvignon Blanc, was elected the best of New Zealand, since also no. 1 in the tasting of Sauvignon Blanc from around the world.
Sileni Estates er et forholdsvis nyt navn i New Zealand, stiftet i 1997 af Sir Graeme Avery. Navnet Sileni fandt han i den græske mytologi. Sileni var vinguden Dionysos tro følgesvend. Når der skulle være gilde med mad og drikke, var Sileni altid til stede for at sprede godt humør og få gæsterne til at spise og drikke natten lang. Navnet står således for lækker mad, fantastisk vin og godt selskab visualiseret med trekanten i huset logo. Domænet dækker 106 hektar i Hawke´s Bay, historisk det fineste område i New Zealand med lune somre og milde vintre. Sileni har certificeret bæredygtig drift. Vingården brød igennem med et brag i 2004, da Sileni Sauvignon Blanc, blev valgt til den bedste fra New Zealand, siden også nr. 1 i smagning af Sauvignon Blanc fra hele verden.
The fashionable red burgundy grape is capable of producing divinely scented, gorgeously fruity expressions of place but often unwilling or unable to do so. Pinot Noir is sensitive to the size of crop it is expected to produce, and many vapid examples exemplify an over-demanding yield. It ripens relatively early so is not suitable for very warm regions where there would be no time to develop interesting flavours before acid levels plummet. On the other hand, many of the cooler regions in which it thrives suffer autumn rains which can rot Pinot's thin-skinned berries, resulting in pale, tainted wines. The Pinot Noir grower's lot is not an easy one.
This ancient eastern French vine is, with Gouais Blanc, parent of a host of other varieties including Chardonnay, Gamay and the Muscadet grape Melon de Bourgogne. Because it is so old, there are many well-established mutations such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier and there is enormous variation in wine quality between different clones. Planting the wrong clone in the wrong place is one of many reasons for the wide variation in quality between different red burgundies and different varietal Pinot Noirs from elsewhere.
The positive side of all this is that Pinot Noir is a very transparent grape. It really can communicate the difference in terroir, or grape-growing environment, between adjacent plots of vineyard.