2019 Reserve Pinot Noir
Trophy: Tasmanian Wine Show 2021
Gold Medal: Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2021, Royal Hobart Wine Show 2021
Other: Regional finalist for Australian Pinot Noir Challenge 2021.
A warm and dry vintage, with cold nights and bright sunny days; providing perfect growing conditions for Pinot Noir. Great tannin ripeness coupled with fruit intensity mark the 2017 vintage. The 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir is a single site selection off our A10 Pinot Noir Block located adjacent the winery and planted in 1987. This site produces a wine of great depth and brooding intensity.
Naturally chilled grapes were handpicked in the cool of the morning and delivered straight to the winery where they could be placed in cool room to further chill the bunches. These bins were then gently destemmed, keeping the whole berries intact, into a small open fermenter along with a 10% whole bunch inclusion. The must was left to cold soak for one week prior to fermentation. To enhance complexity wild yeast were left to initiate fermentation prior to inoculation with cultured yeast once a cap had developed. A combination of hand plunging, and pump overs were employed over fermentation to carefully manage tannin extraction from grape skins and allow for aeration as desired. The ferment was gently pressed in a basket press to ensure minimal maceration of the skins and seeds. The wine was then racked off solids to a mixture of French oak puncheons and barriques (25% New) where the wine went through malolactic fermentation and maturation in oak for 9 months prior to bottling.