(2013 Vintage) Nobilo Icon wines represent the culmination of years of research into specific viticultural techniques, particular attention to vineyard sites, and a winemaking strategy focused on fruit structure and balance. The fruit for this wine was sourced from Southern Wairau Valleys, predominantly in the Waihopai Valley, an area renowned for its large diurnal difference with hot days and cool nights. The hot days allow the grapes to ripen fully and the cool nights help to keep acid structure to add intensity of flavour and well-balanced tannin structure to the wine. The eleven-year-old vineyards are planted on alluvial soils over a clay base resulting in an even ripening throughout the vineyard that delivers an excellent intensity of flavour and colour, which deepens each year of maturity. The grapes were cold soaked for five days to promote extraction of colour and flavour without harsh tannins, then fermented on their skins for 10 days.
Wine SpectatorWarm, rich, and mouthfilling, with excellent palate weight. Generous flavors of ripe blackberries, cherries, and plums overlay a firm but silky smooth tannin structure, with earthy, cigar box and subtle toasty oak characters providing complex secondary flavors. The finish, long and persistent, is enhanced by appealing hints of spice.