ORIGIN OF VARIETAL
Bright brick red in colour with a pale purple hue. The aromas are complex showing darker fruits, plum and rhubarb. There is a lovely spice thread of cinnamon and nutmeg that softens and adds perfume to the wine. More earthy and savoury on the palate showing great structure from the natural skin tannin and acidity. The whole bunch character sets in the background adding savoury depth while balancing the riper berry fruits. Drink 2021 – 2028.
Fruit was handpicked (with bunch selection done in the vineyard) de-stemmed into an open bin which are then tipped into a 3 ton open fermenter vats (avoiding the use of pumping). 20% whole bunches were also added and then chilled for a pre-ferment cold soak for 4 days. Fermentation started naturally with hand plunging daily, MLF co-fermented. The wine was then pressed off skins then run directly to the barrel (500L & 300L used). Only seasoned french oak (no new) was used to mature the wine for 12 months. The wine was then carefully racked and bottled without fining or filtration.
95 Pinots Halliday Wine Companion
Vines planted '96, identical vinification to its Old Vine Reserve sibling except 65% whole berry/35% whole bunch. Bright colour; juicy mouthfeel with red cherries/berries dominant; savoury nuances in the shadows of the finish. Lovely wine. James Halliday
94 Points Ken Garret