A charming and very fine Pinot; one of our best yet. Savoury, foresty, dark spice aromas lead to a fresh poised palate with sweet fruit and soft, suede-like tannins.
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 2015-2016 season was our warmest to date (as measured by Growing Degree Days), illustrating the ongoing effect of global warming. Very hot weather in early Spring ensured that the season was early throughout, with the commencement of harvest (5th Feb for sparkling base) being another record. The season was generally benign, with a warm stretch of weather from mid-February to mid-March bringing many varieties to ripeness at a rapid rate. Irrigation during this time was important to most blocks, and ensured that good yields of high quality fruit were harvested. 2016 would be considered a standout vintage for us if it weren’t slightly shaded by 2015, with the best of the two depending on variety.
Hand picked 25 February – 3 March 2016, and fermented in open vats with hand plunging, using 20% whole bunches. The wine was pressed at the end of the wild fermentation, with an average of 10 days total on skins. Matured in French oak (18% new) unfined and lightly filtered, and bottled under screwcap November 2016; 270 dozen made. Alcohol 13.5% by volume. Vegan friendly?: Yes.
Drink now to 2026.