Marathon Downs Little Red 2023
In exploring different styles of New Zealand Pinot Noir, we think lighter, more playful styles like this have a real place. Pinot’s bright red fruit, with fine, chalky tannin and freshness are front and centre here. It’s supple, fun, and best served a little chilled. The fruit comes the clay slopes of Marlborough's Southern Valleys. It’s treated gently, fermented without stems and with whole berries. After a little foot stomp it's basket pressed and aged in old oak barrels for 6 months.
Marathon Downs is a station in the Awatere Valley that’s been in the hands of Jess Barnes’ family since being drawn from the ballot. Of the 400 hectares, 38 are planted with vines. Jess and her partner Nick Pett are bloody delightful people, and they apply the extensive experience and talent they’ve gained working with other producers to great effect. The wines are stylish and playful but precise.