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Fromm Winery Vintage Report 2017

Fromm Winery Vintage Report 2017

Hätsch Kalberer, Fromm Winery's Winemaker and Adam Balasoglou, Fromm's Marketing and Sales Manager, reflect on the ups and downs of what was certainly a challenging 2017 Vintage. 

It does need to be said that the 2016/2017 growing season was unspectacular, with the region experiencing above average rainfall and very few hot (‘real’) summer days. Surprisingly though, official statistics showed Marlborough experienced significantly above average temperatures, up until the beginning of April. At Fromm, we also had no frost issues in our vineyard or any of the vineyards from which we source, nor did we have any disease problems. In other words the vineyards were clean, healthy and in balance, thus putting the vines in good stead for what was to come.  

The 2017 Marlborough vintage will no doubt be defined by the amount of rain that we experienced during harvest. There were two serious rain events, the first starting on April 4th and the second commencing April 20th.   Prior to both these dates we were up to date with picking, in other words all the fruit which was sufficiently ripe enough to pick was picked.   We began harvest on March 23rd, one week later than normal, but almost the entirety of our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling was safe indoors before April 4th, likewise most of our Syrah and our fruit for Rosé was picked before April 20th.   Our Malbec and a small portion of our later ripening Syrah were rained on, however the vines/fruit were in good enough condition to survive the downpour and subsequently benefited from an extra 4-5 days of great, late Autumn weather. Our only casualty was our small block of Gewurztraminer which we felt was not up to our own quality standards, especially for a late harvest wine.           

Although very challenging, the rain of vintage 2017 wasn’t disastrous for us. No doubt the soil structure of the vineyards played a part here - our vineyards have always had good moisture holding capacity, but also allow for effective drainage.   This meant the rain was easily absorbed without any waterlogging. Also, our commitment to dry farming in certain blocks of our vineyard clearly must have contributed to our soil’s ability to absorb this excessive moisture.  

Our crop levels were notably down this year, largely due to the extraordinary selection process that we undertook in the vineyard and winery. Both picking and processing were fastidiously slow and measured, to avoid unhealthy, compromised fruit finding its way into tank.  

All in all, this vintage was one of the most difficult and challenging to date.   Having said this, the quality wineries will still make delightful wines especially if they respect the limitations of the fruit and maximise the potential of the season. In a good year, everyone can and should make decent wines, however in a challenging year this is often not the case.   Any extra effort and care in the vineyard and winery will be transparently evident in the wines of 2017, not just in Marlborough but across all New Zealand’s wine regions.              


Fromm Pinot Noir: The best in the region?

Fromm Pinot Noir: The best in the region?

Across the Nelson and Marlborough region there are number of wineries that are renowned for producing outstanding Pinot Noir wines, however, in a recent report by Nick Stock it was our"2015 Fromm Pinot Noir Clayvin Vineyard" that grabbed the top spot for Fromm Winery. 

Nick Stock awarded the “2015 Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir” 97 points, the highest across the board, Nick had the following words to say:

“The 2015 Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir is incredible, it’s a super wine that's really flowing, commanding and marries power with elegance. Vineyard greatness in the glass. This is a New Zealand benchmark

Fromm Winery also made a second appearance in the top 4, with our flagship wine, “2015 Fromm Pinot Noir Cuvee “H”, a new release which was unveiled earlier this year at Pinot 2017. Awarded 96 points, Nick described the Pinot Noir as “Masterful” with a “Wealth of oak spices and gentle meaty notes”.

Nick also reviewed the remaining Pinot Noir's from our collection and as always, it was great to see our wines receiving such credible recognition. 

Nick Stock, Checking in on the best of Nelson, Marlborough Pinot Noir, Monday, April 10, 2017.

To read the full report click here.







Cuvee "H" flies the flag for Fromm Pinot Noir

Cuvee "H" flies the flag for Fromm Pinot Noir

The talent, knowledge and dedication of Hätsch Kalberer, Fromm Winery's founding Winemaker, has been recognized, as our New Flagship Pinot Noir is named after him. 

The Story.. 

Hätsch Kalberer, has been Fromm Winery's Winemaker since the beginning when Fromm began in 1992. Over these 25 years he has become one of New Zealand's most highly regarded winemakers, continuing to make Fromm Winery's outstanding Pinot Noir's that are enjoyed by so many of you across the globe. It therefore, only seemed right that when developments and planning for our "new" Pinot Noir began last year, that we would give Hätsch the recognition that he deserved, and name the wine after him. In December 2016 we bottled Fromm Pinot Noir Cuvée "H" 2015 , just 2,500 bottles in total, a limited number that we want to see being bought and drunk more often and by more of you. 

The wine...

"Fromm Pinot Noir Cuvée "H" 2015" is a thoughtful composite of our five individual single vineyard wines and expresses a winery signature. It is the best Pinot we feel we can make and represents what we appreciate most in fine Pinot Noir. We do not strive to be the biggest and loudest on the block, but instead look for a complete and refined wine. Cuvée “H” is very much built with longevity in mind, however this does not preclude early drinking appeal. 

The Reviews.. 

Officially released just last month at Pinot 2017, Cuvée "H" has already received a number of fantastic reviews... 

97 points , 5 stars
"A Taut, powerful wine with impressive fruit purity. Layered flavors are hard to define, perhaps cherry, violet, plum and spicy oak with other savory nuances in the background.”  Bob Campbell, 2017

96 Points, 5 Stars
"It is awesome to see a powerful pinot expressed so elegantly with poise and structure." Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)

5 Stars    
"This is a stylish Pinot Noir with a full range of red and black fruits, along with herb, liquorice and spice detail on a fine-grained, supple palate." Raymond Chan

Full reviews available here


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