Kākano 2021 Pinot Noir


An unsettled spring meant a slow start and gradual awakening in the vineyard and surrounding hills. After warmer temps mid-November, the predictably unpredictable Central Otago climate brought low snowfall, with inclement weather continuing into flowering. The vines set with small berries on compact bunches bringing great wine concentration and structure. There was a good amount of rain in January which helped spur good growth and healthy canopies. It then dried out for the balance of the season, aided by howling windstorms through late March and April. We picked the crop, at optimal ripeness and disease free, in the first two weeks of April.

Wine Making

The fruit contained a mix of four Pinot Noir clones – 777, 115, Abel & UCD5. Fruit was spilt into three fermenters – one containing 100% whole bunch, 70% whole bunch, and the other 100% de-stemmed. Fermented with natural yeast. Gentle winemaking techniques were used to avoid excessive extraction. 23 days on skin, pressed to 100% old French oak barrels. 12 months in barrel, and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation naturally in spring, before being racked and allowed to naturally settle and integrate in tank. Unfined and unfiltered.

Hand Harvested: 6th and 12th April 2021
Bottled: 8th June 2022
pH: 3.69
TA: 5.9g/L
Alcohol: 13.5% v/v

The Label

Kākano – Pinot Noir

Where the Moko Hills label is about place and identity, Kakano is the subjective interpretation of the texture that creates Moko Hills.  A creative outlet, focusing on the textural experience of the drinker.

Labels were designed with the care and direction of Emma Holder. Artwork was created by Nature itself – textural components of Moko Hills photographed through Donald’s eye, matched specifically to present the interpretation of the wine within.