Waipara Springs Premo Pinot Noir

Michael Cooper 4.5 Stars

We've stocked other vintages of this Premo Pinot Noir in the past - Premo being their top level of Pinot (unsurprisingly). Like this vintage they've all been very good wines, and great value for money.

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Michael Cooper 4.5 Stars

The grapes come from old vines. They were hand picked and hand sorted before going into the crusher. The ferment was hand plunged three times a day. Fermentation with the grapes' own yeast. Finally the wine was tansferred to French oak for maturation.

Michael Cooper's tasting notes state:

"Deep ruby, sturdy and fragrant. A powerful wine, it has concentrated cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing impressive complexity, a solid foundation of tannin, and obvious cellaring potential."

Waipara state:

Each vineyard block was hand harvested separately and delivered to the winery to be put across a sorting table. After de-stemming the grapes were tipped into small open topped fermenters and cold soaked on skins for 4 days for optimum colour extraction in small format 1.5 fermenters. 100% wild fermentation began on day five. Ferment monitored daily and plunged by hand three times per day. Post ferment the wine was soaked on skins until optimum tannin extraction was achieved. The wine was then pressed off, allowed to settle in stainless tank for one month before being put in to French oak barrels for maturation. Malolactic fermentation to decrease acidity began naturally in the Spring.


This wine has been crafted from some of the oldest vines in the Waipara Valley grown on clay and limestone rich soils. It shows complex aromas of forest floor, mixed red berries and toasty oak. The palate is fine, elegant and perfectly balanced with a long, soft finish. This wine will reward patient cellaring. Cellar with the confidence of screwcap.

More Information
Location Waipara, Canterbury
Winery Waipara Springs
Winery status Independent family winery
Winemaker Andy Moore
Annual production Tiny
Grapes Pinot Noir
Product awards Michael Cooper 4.5 Stars
Gold Medals
Style Fruity, earthy and smooth
ABV 13
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2012
Sulphite level Medium Low
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