2015 Pinot Noir

Red cherry fruit dominates this delicious and slightly sappy Pinot Noir, with fresh raspberry flavours and satisfying vanilla and marzipan richness on the palate.

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Winemaker's Notes

Pinot noir is one of the original varieties planted in 1988; this clone is thought to be MV6. We have since planted more MV6 as well as the French clones 114, 115 and 777. Pinot on our soils tends towards producing a lot of tannin, and we have to manage irrigation and fermentation carefully to achieve the supple, silky style we prefer.

The 2014-2015 season started early with an early budburst and continued early as temperatures were relatively high through Spring. December and January were relatively cloudy and humid, but warm enough to contribute to a fairly high growing degree days total, similar to the 2010, 2008 and 2006 seasons. Conditions moderated by vintage, with mild and fine weather, which was ideal. Picking was early, commencing with sparkling base on the 10th of February, whites completed by mid-March and even the latest-ripening reds completed a couple of weeks earlier than normal, by mid-April.

Hand picked 8 – 11 March 2015, and fermented in open vats with hand plunging, using 12% whole bunches. The wine was pressed at the end of the wild fermentation, with an average of 8 days total on skins. Matured in French oak (12% new) lightly fined and filtered, and bottled under screwcap November 2015; 565 dozen made. Alcohol 14.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with gelatin).

Drink now to 2025.