Michael Cooper – Michael Cooper’s Wine Buyer’s Guide – 4.5 stars
This delicious ‘ruby port’ was made from hand-picked Pinot Noir grapes, grown at Adams Gully, south of Bannockburn. Matured for two years in old French oak barrels, it is ruby hued, with some maturity showing. Fragrant, it has strong cherry, spice and liquorice flavours, showing good complexity, and a seductively sweet, smooth finish. Well worth discovering.
John Bartlett – The New Zealand Wine Directory
Bright cherry/ruby red in colour with medium oily viscosity. Very intense plum & raisin fruit aromas while on the palate there’s more dark caramelised fruit, toffee and lovely textural elements from 2 years maturing in French Oak barrels. Not as ‘big’ as ports usually made from Touriga or Tinto grapes, more subtle with warmth from 18% ABV, a raisiny sweetness with a silky tannin dryness on the finish. Absolutely Delicious!
Wine Making Notes
7th Heaven Central Otago Pinot Port is crafted from 100% pinot noir grapes grown on our family’s small Bannockburn vineyard.
The grapes are carefully handpicked, destemmed and blended together in tank to start their fermentation. After soaking on skins to retrieve ample colour and slightly fermented to create some natural alcohol it is then pressed and fortified.
The 7th Heaven Pinot Port is aged for 2 years in neutral French oak barrels, giving it time to mature into a silky smooth Ruby Port.
Winemaker: Debra Cruickshank
pH: 3.53, TA: 7.5g/l, Alc: 18%