The fruit for this wine was sourced from two of our organic-certified vineyards in Brightwater: 29% from our most recently planted block (clone 777), and 71% from our oldest vines in the River Terrace vineyard (mixed Dijon clones). The Clone 777 fruit was machine harvested on 5 April 2016, and on 12 April the River Terrace fruit was handpicked. The average Brix was 21.5.
In the winery, fruit was completely destemmed with minimal crushing then fermented with cultured yeasts.hand plunging was gentle to extract soft tannins and primary fruit flavours. Total time on skins was 20 days.
Once pressed off skins, the wine was matured for 6 months and given a light oak treatment. Malolactic fermentation was complete by early July.
The wine was filtered and bottled on 26 October 2016. Only plant-based finings were used.
Residual sugar : less than 1 g/l Titratable acidity 5.62 g/l pH 3.5 Alcohol 13%
The wine has a bright garnet hue with good depth. On the nose there are lifted aromas of red fruits (raspberry and cherry) and culinary spices, with some earthy notes and quality cedar tones. The palate has a full, soft entry with ripe fruit flavours, subtle oak, gentle tannins and good balance.
This is a mid-weight, fruity Pinot Noir which is very approachable as a young wine. It is suitable for vegetarian and vegans.
“It is gently fragrant on the nose showing red berry, clove, dried herb and nutmeg aromas, followed by a juicy palate that is rounded and smooth. The wine offers elegant fruit weight and intensity, backed by fine tannins, finishing pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2019.”
82/100, Sam Kim Wine Orbit, June 2017