Jackson Estate Pinot Noir winery opens with cellar door fit for a hobbit

Jo Turner

06 June 2017

New Zealand wine producer Jackson Estate has had a penchant for mixing the old with the new since it was established over 25 years ago. In fact, the Stichbury family, who then planted the first vines in Marlborough, had already been farming the land for 160 years by that time.

Now, it has officially opened its brand new Pinot Noir winery, which combines state-of-the-art facilities and the producer’s pioneering ethos with an Old World, hands-on approach to winemaking; aiming to produce wines that show longevity, elegance and finesse.

‘Our new Pinot Noir winery is a stunning piece of architecture, and, by combining the old and the new, it is a great testament to Jackson Estate’s core philosophy,’ said Jackson Estate’s head winemaker, Matt Patterson-Green.

The new winery lies on Jackson’s Road in Marlborough and is a pale ruby colour, representing the hue of a Pinot Noir.

It is adjoined to the estate’s first cellar door – modelled on an original 1850s homestead and designed by none other than Brian Massey, the art director of The Hobbit movie trilogy – which looks like it would be just as at home in Middle Earth as it is next to the more modern building.

The new winery contains 52 tanks and concentrates on the brand’s five Pinot Noirs.

‘It will give us hands-on control of the top 10% of our wines and will be almost entirely devoted to Pinot Noir, which has been our biggest focus for the past ten years,’ Patterson-Green added.

‘Marlborough is best known worldwide for producing top quality Sauvignon Blanc, which will always remain its bread and butter, but we see a strong future for Pinot Noir in the region.’

All the fruit is grown on the estate. Jackson strives to produce in a sustainable way and Patterson-Green focuses on small-batch fermentation with minimal winemaking intervention. Bilbo Baggins would be proud.

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