NGERINGA Pinot Noir 2009
on our steep easterly facing Summit vineyard slope at 360m above sea level on a
delicate soil of sandy loam over clay. In the distance, this vineyard overlooks
Lake Alexandrina and the Murray mouth, consequently receiving cooling evening
breezes which do much to preserve our fruit acids and flavours through the
critical weeks of ripening.
openly expressive Pinot with aromas of cherry, marjoram and violet bouncing out
of the glass. A good concentration
of fruit on the palate and an enticing length carried through by soft velvety
tannins. Cherry, blueberry and
sweet herbs abound complemented by neatly integrated oak.
with very little - less than 5% - whole bunch, unlike previous vintages. Each year we find ourselves reducing
our new oak component, preferring the purer fruit expression. Matured in
approximately 14% new oak for 11 months.
Bottled on the following new moon.
fermentation, no enzymes, oxidative handling prefermentation, reserved use of
oak barrels, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer
fermentation, minimal & rare temperature control. Minimal fining.
2009 growing season started dry with little spring rain. Early summer rain tried to make amends
however that was easily forgotten as the summer months continued with only a
few millimetres of natural rainfall.
For Ngeringa luckily we can supplement our requirements with good quality
bore water. Statistically, with
small vines and a philosophy of low cropping levels, our water consumption is
well below the average. Unlike
2008 where the spike of intense heat came right at the beginning of harvest,
this year it came mid February when the vines were just preparing themselves for
their final ripening phase.
Despite heat leading up to harvest the vines kept their health and fruit
was harvested in beautiful condition with high natural acidity.
MIKE BENNIE www.winefront.com.au 4 October 2012 I have to
assume this fruit comes from Ngeringa’s Mt Barker Springs East vineyard, but
know that biodynamics are used for all growing. Erinn and Janet Klein of
Ngeringa are known for their exacting vineyard work and pursuit of terroirist
ambitions. It’s a cool site, nonetheless, and the fruit is treated with
kid gloves, minimal oak and no additions save a dash of SO2 before
bottling. Feel the love. It’s always exciting see new release wines from this
producer. Has a great sous bois, forest floor kind of vibe – brambly black
berries, dark plum join in. Flavours and aromas mesh neatly across this part
feral, part elegant spectrum of descriptors, and texture is silky but with an
underlying power and fleshiness. Still, it’s pretty restrained, showing
energetic fruit flavours married to puckering acidity and smooth, barely there
tannins. There’s some of that good grip to close and a suggestion of crushed
granite minerality too. Has lots going on and bounces around the palate with
vitality. Good gear; take time with it. 92 points.
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