FORAGER - IT'S PERSONAL
Foraging from the wild is one of life's simple pleasures. Food, flowers or in our case yeast, can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Forager Pinot Noir is a wildly beautiful creation by celebrated winemaker Dom Maxwell. Named Winestate Magazine's 2011 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Dom also heads up the winemaking team at Greystone Wines (Decanter 2014 International Trophy Winner, Pinot Noir) and Muddy Water in the Waipara Valley.
His love of wine has led to vintages in Burgundy (Domaine D’Eugenie in Vosne-Romanee), the Rheingau (Weingut Leitz) and Oregon (Chehalem) and now here…. to Forager.
At Forager we take our respect for the natural process to a whole new level by pioneering wild fermentation in the vineyard. Hand-picked and hand-sorted, the grapes are then returned to sit amongst the North Canterbury vines where they once grew. Giving indigenous yeasts from the vineyard the opportunity to create a true expression of the actual vineyard site. A bold move that delivers an unforgettable wine.
After fermentation the wine rests in French Oak barriques for 15 months. In keeping with our natural winemaking philosophies the process from barrel to bottle is as gentle as possible, unfined, unfiltered, with no additions. We’ve kept it small as well as personal with just a few hundred bottles to offer up.