Juveniles Pinot Noir
Made from our latest Dijon clone plantings, our Juveniles Pinot Noir was crafted with approachability in mind.
A lovely, fruit-forward style Pinot, which expresses the bright and youthful character found in our youngest blocks.
A light ruby red in colour – bramble berry pie, violet and a touch of brown sugar envelope the nose. The palate is lifted and juicy with cranberry and wild berry highlighting the red fruit profile of this wine. Bright raspberry and cherry are also present complemented by an undercurrent of mocha from the gentle French oak handling. A vein of minerality offers interest and complexity to the fresh finish.
The 2015 growing season gave us record-breaking heat but the balance in our wines remained intact. Curiously, once temperatures reach above 35 degrees Celsius, vines enter a dormant protective mode. Our very warm July in particular saw steady and slow ripening as opposed to what one might expect. Cooler September evenings soon arrived and offered a welcome relief as harvest commenced and the ripening phase finished off.
With a series of warm growing seasons behind us, our dedication to thoughtfully promote a healthy, balanced vineyard is paramount. Organic nutrient additions and precise canopy and irrigation management all play a vital role. In addition, we continue to farm as sustainably as possible – without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Our honey bee apiary is thriving and we’re amazed at the diversity of resident species that can be found on our property – a true testament for us to the health of our site.
“The fruit for this wine comes 2007 and 2009 plantings of Dijon clones. The wine was fermented with wild yeast and aged about a year in oak. Most of the barrels must have been neutral, not covering up the lively fruit expression – aromas and flavours of raspberry. The texture is silky. This is a very drinkable wine.”
John Schreiner, Feb 2017, Good Grog Blog
“This very pale young pinot is from young Dijon clone vines. Were it not for some mild oak spice I might have pegged it as a cru Beaujolais in a blind tasting thanks to some earthy notes, strawberry-cherry jam and herbs. It is mid-weight, fairly fleshy and warm with soft tannins, making it all the more ready to drink. Fairly supple, with some heat on the finish. Good to very good length.”
John Lawrason, June 2017, WineAlign.com
89 points – “Juveniles alludes to youthfulness, as explained by using the most recent Dijon clone plantings (youngest vines), that are much more approachable than the estate pinot. We like the smoked raspberry, cherry and ripe strawberry nose that lifts this juicy, youthful red without sacrificing a level of seriousness. Wild fermented and in French oak for 11 months, this is not a simple wine, though the name may lead you to think otherwise. Brisk acidity brightens the soft palate, awash in forest berries and perfumed raspberries, and lined with fine white pepper. Gentle oak and a touch of minerality suggest if you can wait it will get even better. Good value.”
Treve Ring, June 2017, GismondiOnWine.com