Corofin is an artisanal wine label run by husband and wife team Mike and Anna Paterson. Their sole focus is single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and here, they have chosen one of our very favourite vineyards in all of Marlborough, The Wrekin.
The Wrekin is its own 'grand cru' to Marlborough. It's a family owned and operated working farm, owned by Andrew and Jan Johns, and brought to life by biodynamics specialist/viticulturist Jeremy Hyland. It's in the 'Southern Clays' subregion of Marlborough, just down the road from Clayvin Vineyard, and is on rolling North to Northeast facing hills. It's BioGro certified organic too.
Here Mike describes the Pinot as "Fruity; reflecting vintage, florals also like the Corofin chardonnay from Wrekin Vineyard. Crushed flowers. Sweet / sour to taste; cusp of ripeness, tannins confirm this with density and frame."
Winemaking: The grapes were hand-picked 10th March 2019, sorted into 1⁄2 ton bins and transported to the winery. One hundred percent of the fruit was de-stemmed and sorted again to a sealed tank for 5 days at ambient temperature. Piegage was employed and a spontaneous rapid ferment began, lasting 8 days. Post-fermentation the young wine was pressed almost immediately to minimise over extraction in this very dry season. Post press the wine was settled and then transferred to seasoned (second and third year) French oak barrels. There it remained for 12 months on original lees, undergoing a natural malolactic ferment during this period. Mid-April 2020 the wine was moved from barrel to tank, sulphured and remained in tank for a further 7 months prior to being racked once more in preparation for bottling in October 2020. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Alcohol: 12.5%
All said, we love it. We love the Wrekin. We love Corofin. We love this wine.