who grows the grapes at Ant Moore? who makes the wines?
Ant oversees everything on his properties from initial site selection to farming to harvesting to work in the cellar. He is rather unique in that so many estates in the region are run by large companies while he and his family maintain control of their venture.
what wines do they make at Ant Moore?
The Pinot Gris is unlike anything we’ve tasted in Alsace, leaning more towards the bright acids of Ant’s Sauvignons, without losing a rich mouth-feel that moves the wine into a very different world in terms of food pairings than his other whites. Finally, the Pinot Noir captures the combination of power and finesse that is available to growers in Central Otago. If you are accustomed to diving the old an new worlds between France and the US in terms of Pinot, this is a bottling to try as it offers a different, intriguing direction to consider.
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when did Ant Moore start?
Since that time they’ve established vineyards in prime locations around Marlborough, starting with a vineyard that sits on a ridge in the Waihopai Valley and building from that rather secluded spot.
where is Ant Moore?
We love Ant’s description of his home vineyard: “My first land purchase was on a hidden ridge in the Waihopai Valley. Considered by some to be too harsh and cold for grapes, I knew it was perfect from the moment I serendipitously set foot on it, and then did all I could to ensure it was mine. My first vineyard is called Ant’s nest, and is my home. The animals depicted on my label all reside here, and give hours of pleasure and excitement to my children, who roam the vineyard in search of adventure. Bounded on one side by the Omaka River, and exposed to the prevailing north westerly winds on the other, it is a fantastic site, and a place of which I never tire and constantly marvel at the changing of the seasons and sunrises and sunsets.
why is Ant Moore a Candid Wine?
In addition to the style of both the whites and the Pinot Noir, we like that the estate is a counterpoint to the mass production typical in the area. There is more to Marlborough than cat pee and grassy notes…
how is the wine made at Ant Moore?
The Pinot Noir is hand picked and then destemmed, but left to macerate for an extended period before and then during fermentation. It is aged in a mix of new and used oak with an emphasis on preserving fruit, not adding weight from the barrel.