Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Red berry and spicy complexity fills the nose. The delicate cherry and plum fruit is well integrated with aromatic spices and toasted French oak. Plum flavours carry to the palate where the fruit gives way to complexity and texture. Positive tannin structure ensures a degree of longevity. A fine acid backbone provides length of flavour and persistence.
Winter 2018 was characterised by some record cold weather and lower than average rainfall. For the 2018-19 growing season conditions remained dry. Fortunately, there was enough surface moisture to ensure strong growth of both canopy and fruit.
January 2019 saw the continuation of hot and dry weather patterns with the Orange escaping the extreme hot weather that impacting other regions.
Harvest commenced in late February, signalling the start of a frantic vintage as all varieties, both white and red, seemed to ripen one after the other, if not all at once. Despite the rush to harvest and lower yields the quality was outstanding.
Our Pinot Noir is from the vineyard’s northern blocks. The fruit was hand harvested and hand sorted on 14 March 2019. A blend of MV6, 114, 115 and 777 clones. Warm fermented for 10 days on skins with 60% whole berry inclusion. Hand plunged during the week-long fermentation. Pressed to French oak puncheons and barriques (20% new) to complete malolactic fermentation and a further 9 months maturation. Bottled on 2 February 2020 with minimal filtration.
Varietal composition: Vine clones MV6, 114, 115 and 777
Ideal serving temperature: 16-18°C
Cellaring potential: Can be enjoyed now or cellar for 3 – 6 years
Food match: Mushroom risotto
Alcohol: 14% by volume