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 2016-2017 growing season started with a wet winter and cool spring, resulting in later growth but strong canopies from all the moisture. The summer was particularly hot, with consistently high temperatures from late December to late February, but then switched into a perfect, mild autumn with sunny days, cool nights and little rain. Crops were larger than expected, accordingly taking longer to ripen, but having perfect conditions to do it in. In contrast to some recent years, ripening of different varieties was well spread apart, so that vintage was measured and controlled (leisurely would be going too far!). There are bright fresh flavours in the earlier varieties, with increasing depth, colour and detail in those ripening later.
Hand picked 10 March 2017, and fermented in open vats with hand plunging, using 25% whole bunches. The wine was pressed at the end of the wild fermentation, with an average of 9 days total on skins. Matured in French oak (20% new) lightly fined and filtered, bottled under screwcap November 2017; 232 dozen made. Alcohol 13.5% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with gelatin).
Drink now to 2027.