2016 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir - a beautifully frustrating study in patience, precision and, above all else, trust in the vineyard. We hope you’ll see our continued trust in the terroir of our very special vineyard site shine through in our latest release.


A wonderful dark garnet colour, this wine exhibits a fantastic balance between fruit concentration and savoury complexity. Aromas of bakers spice, cedar and red rose complemented by bright red fruit notes of blackberry and plum.

The palate is concentrated with a dense fruit core indicative of the vintage with Bing cherry, red plums and black currant present. The structure is broad and firm with a grip of young wine tannins that release into a lifted, buoyant texture.

All sourced from our single vineyard estate, select Pinot Noir blocks were handpicked and vinified in small lots using 100% wild fermentation. The small batches were then placed into a selection of new (30%) and seasoned French oak barriques for 16 months and blended, unfined and unfiltered, just prior to bottling. Although enjoyed in its youth we see this wine aging gracefully over the next 7 to 10 years.

 

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2016 growing season started off quickly. Budbreak was record breaking and the ensuing Spring growth was rapid. Despite the early start to the season, cooling summer rains soon arrived and slowed growth down to a more normal pace.

Late summer and early fall turned warm and sunny once again, but with cooler than usual evenings the fruit was able to ripen evenly despite the warm daytime temperatures. The 2016 harvest kept us on our toes with a long, drawn out ripening phase and gave us one of the longest harvest windows to date.

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.