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 2021 season posed some challenges with rain in early February followed by unseasonably cool temperatures delaying the start of the white harvest, although slowing everything down and allowing the flavour to develop was the benefit in the end.
The rain and cooler temperatures gave reds a much-needed drink, allowed colour to intensify and the following warmer finish allowed them to maximise flavour expression.
In the end, vintage 2021 started late, finished early and across the board quality very, very good!
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