The primary focus of this wine is to encapsulate the essence of Pinot Noir with little winemaking influence. Vibrant raspberry aromas emanate from the glass, lifted black cherry characters with the underpinning earthy/mushroom tones and hints of dried spices. The tannins are ripe and supple with carefully integrated oak in a medium-bodied palate. Although designed for early drinking to make the most of the fresh appeal of the wine, there is enough natural structure to benefit from medium-term cellaring.
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The 2020 was a very high-quality vintage, virtually every pick, throughout the entire region has been approximately 50 per cent down, with some varieties yield being down by 70 per cent. It really has caught all viticulturists by surprise as by appearance the crops look generally on par with most other seasons. The real difference is in bunch and berry size – they are considerably small. On the upside of that – tiny berries equal lots of intensity and flavour.
In sum, the 2020 fruit will make outstanding wines, but very little of them, making this vintage a very rare one.
Pre-fermentation cold soaking followed by a clean, warm (25-30 °C) ferment. The wine was open fermented with twice daily pump-overs, using a specialised gentle tannin extraction method, also 2 x rack-returns during ferment. Yeast strains used were RC212 and D47. Total time on skins was between 9 – 12 days to retain maximum fruit intensity and soft tannins. Aged in 2, 3 and 4 year old French barriques.
Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/L