The Pinot Noir Selection S from Schubert Wines was established by Kai Schubert, a graduate from the Viticulture and Oenology University in Geisenheim, Germany. Whilst working with eminent winemaker Erni Loosen of Bernkastel, Kai gained huge experience working in Europe, the US and South America. In 1998, he acquired a small established vineyard at Dakins Road, Martinborough. Predominantly focused on Pinot Noir, Kai has expanded plantings to include Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Small quantities of white grapes are also planted and result in soft, fruit driven wines.
Martinborough, which is located within the Wairarapa Valley, was the first of New Zealand`s wine regions to establish world-class credentials for producing Pinot Noir. It is east of Wellington, surrounded by the Tararua Mountains with vines planted on alluvial gravel river beds with a limestone subsoil. The Wairarapa Valley is cooler and drier than any other North Island wine region, and like Marlborough across the Cook Strait, it is exposed to the cold winds that funnel in from the ocean. Sauvignon is full flavoured and aromatic, Pinot Noir is impressive with great depth and weight. Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah all successfully achieve high-quality wines.
The Pinot Noir Selection S has intense aromas of blackcurrant and cherry along with smoke and tobacco notes. Having been aged in both old and new French oak for 18 months, the Pinot Noir Selection S is a medium bodied wine with rich and elegant textures.