Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021
October 2020 welcomed the beginning of budburst and the start of the 2021 vintage. Extensive work in the vineyard in the lead up to and throughout the growing season, along with abundant rainfall, saw the vines bounce back from the stress experienced during the drought conditions of 2019-2020.
While the rains were welcome, the cooler and wetter season presented its own challenges requiring long hours in the vineyard to maintain ideal vine and fruit health. Under vine mulching, application of organic fertiliser, multiple passes of leaf plucking and canopy trimming resulted in optimum fruit to leaf ratios and excellent fruit quality.
These extra hours and attention to detail were rewarded with an abundant harvest of exceptional complexity and subtleness, producing aromatic, elegant and flavourful wines.
The fruit was hand harvested in two parcels on 14 and 21 March 2021 ensuring perfect fruit ripeness. Following harvest, the wine was immediately transported to the winery where it was de-stemmed to a small open fermenter and cold soaked for five days. The fermentation took place for 10 days with plunging by hand twice a day. Following this, it was gently pressed off and transferred to French oak barriques. After nine months of maturation the wine was blended and bottled in January 2022.
Light ruby in colour with lifted aromas of cherry, red berry and blood plum. The palate is bright with sour cherry, fresh raspberries and cranberries and a hint of spice. Bright fruit flavours are balanced with fine, soft tannins. Aging in French oak and clonal selection add layers of complexity and finesse. Enjoy now or cellar for many years to come.
Ideal serving temperature: 16-18ºC
Cellaring potential: Cellar for 5 - 10 years
Food match: Coq au Vin
92pts – Halliday Wine Companion - Ned Goodwin, 8 June 2022
Varietal composition: Vine clones 114, 115, 667, 777, MV6 and Abel
Total acid 5.8g/L
Final pH 3.44
Residual sugar <5g/L
Alcohol 12.4% by volume