2019 has been a real roller coaster of a vintage with freak weather events, lower than expected crops and plagues of animals. Winter rains over the Great Southern were steady and provided the vines with good soil moisture which allowed the vine to power on into a dry and mild spring. Frost hit some low lying vineyards in the Frankland River wine-growing area hard destroying crops and reducing yields. The weather during the grape ripening into early vintage was more mild than average, with notably colder nights.
The fruit was sourced from 30yr old grafted Pinot clones 114 and 115. Handpicked and chilled overnight to prevent oxidation and retain flavour. Approximately 40% whole-bunch inclusion in a small 2T open fermenter. Hand plunged twice daily and pressed after seven days on the skins – roughly halfway through ferment which was completed in new French oak hogshead following regular batonage and aged on full yeast solids. Unfined and unfiltered (only natural settling).
Residual Sugar: <1g/L
Date picked: 18 March