Small Theory Inaugural Release Three Pack
Small Theory is the project of Canterbury-based Michael Darby (who is also the brainchild behind the The 3rd Man Wines). Small Theory is a range of wines that will be continually evolving as Michael experiments with terroir and style. The inaugural wines are fantastic and we are over the moon to present them as a three pack. All three are from the 2014 vintage and grown organically, they are minimal-intervention wines and are extremely serious, evocative, emotional expressions of unique Canterbury terrior seen through the lenses of the Burgundian varietals Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Before I get into the individual wines here is Michaels background to the wines:
"Small Theory wines is a project-based approach to wine, managing small vineyard plots, smaller ferments, and embracing creativity to produce wines that are reimagined every year.
With a fundamental insight that quality is difficult to scale, we nurture smallness, work hard on the small detail, and give them thoughtful and unique expression. It is not enough to be small, but to use that smallness to create wines of a high standard whilst exploring widely; to be the best version of small we can be.
We value creativity in the vineyard and the winery. By integrating the initial concept of the wine with all vineyard and winery decisions, the wines are unencumbered by expectations of repetition or compromise.
The wines are low in sulphur additions and are filtered only when necessary. Our ferments are undertaken with indigenous (wild) yeasts."
As mentioned, there are three wines in the range and this pack contains one each of the following:
2014 Omihi Clay Chardonnay - From a 25-year-old organic vineyard, this wine is rich, intense and powerful with textured oak (1/3 new) balanced by brilliant acidity and creamy, dense minerality. This is one of the finest examples of Omihi Chardonnay I have ever tasted. 996 bottles produced.
2014 Omihi Clay Pinot Noir - Again from a 25-year-old-vineyard this is a dark, powerful, expressive Pinot with dense muscular fruit and tannin structure. This is the more immediately enjoyable and vibrant of the two Pinots with roughly 1/5 new oak. 1434 bottles produced.
2014 Omihi Limestone Pinot Noir - A more refined, elegant, old-world Pinot which relies more on acidity than tannin for structure and has more aromatic, lifted fruit than the Pinot on Clays but also has more intensity and depth. 1740 bottles produced.