The name Erewhon is an anagram for “No Where.” It is a reference to the remote vineyards and rugged landscape of New Zealand from which the Pinot Noir is harvested. Erewhon is made by winemaker and master blender, CP Lin.
The wine is 100% Pinot Noir, blended from several different vineyards and regions on the South Island of New Zealand. By blending, we are able to bring together the best possible fruit from Waipara and Central Otago to create an amazing wine that showcases some of the best characteristics that New Zealand Pinot Noir has to offer.
For elevage, the wine is aged for sixteen months in French oak barrels, twenty five percent of them new. The cooperage are tight and very tight grain, Burgundian-shaped 228 litre barrels.
The fruit was harvested by hand. Fifty percent was fermented as whole clusters with wild yeasts in small batches. Malolactic Fermentation took place in barrel in late spring to late summer. No fining or filtration was done. The wine was racked once just one month before bottling.
THE 2013 VINTAGE
The 2013 vintage in Waipara is the best vintage CP Lin has ever experienced in his 20 years of tasting and making wines in Waipara. It was dry, but not too dry, cool, but not too cool. The grapes developed perfect physiological ripeness. The wine has very good pH and acidity with 13.7% percent alcohol. The wine shows fine tannins and has good weight in the mouth.
A limited run of 430 cases was produced for the 2013 vintage.
DESIGN BY L A N D
The Erewhon label was created by LAND in Austin, Texas.