Pouring a deep garnet in colour, the nose is perfumed with floral notes, concentrated blackberry compote, baking spice and brambleberry. These wonderfully-lifted notes are complemented by a touch of wet earth and graphite peeking through in its youth.The palate is rich with cocoa powder, Bing cherry and ripe cranberry. The finish showcasing a unique mineral expression and an almost fennel like savoury component. Lovely complexity and length here and the expectation of a graceful development in bottle. Comfortably enjoy over the next 5 to 10 years.
Crafted from multiple clones and sourced entirely from our single vineyard estate, select Pinot Noir blocks were handpicked and vinified in small lots using 100% wild fermentation. Each block was fermented separately, with a light working once a day through fermentation, mainly by way of gentle foot-treading. Anywhere from 20 - 40% whole bunches were included.Once the wine had finished primary fermentation the must was gently pressed between 18-35 days on skins depending on the block. The wine was then aged in oak barriques (25% new) for 15 months, at which time it was “blended” and returned into neutral barrels on fine lees for another winter. Bottling, unfined and unfiltered, took place in February 2021. Clonal selection: 115, 667, 777, 828, 37, 943.
Varietal: 100% Pinot NoirAlcohol: 13.3%Residual Sweetness: 1.11 g/LpH: 3.82Total Acidity: 5.62 g/L
Our 2019 growing season was not without its challenges. Winter started unusually warm and dry but took a turn late in the season with sustained temperatures below -20 C arriving in February. Vines suffered from a range of winter damage. As a result, drawn out and uneven bud break was evident in several of our vineyard pockets. Conditions turned more favourable in May allowing delayed shoots to catch up. However, rain set in towards the end of June and periods in July, keeping the vineyard team on their toes regarding crop protection and canopy work. A warm and dry August gave us ideal ripening conditions and set us up for harvest to begin on schedule.Dodging rain showers throughout the rest of September, harvest continued until early October when the first frost caused the vine canopy to drop and us to bring in the remaining parcels of fruit. Although yields are shy from 2019, the wines have so far emerged as beautifully nuanced with restrained alcohols and purity of fruit.