NGERINGA Pinot Noir 2010
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.
A more refined version of Pinot Noir than our previous vintage, but maintaining many of the classic dried French herb characteristics. Thyme, marjoram, tarragon and lavender notes against a flinty, lit-match aroma. A velvety tannic structure with tight acidity and the fragrant lift of carbonic maceration. Violet crumble, plums and forest floor spiciness. Thoroughly integrated oak retains the elegance of the fruit at the forefront of this wine. The finish is long with a dry minerality.
Fermented with about 15% whole bunch. Matured in approximately 14% new oak for 11 months.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, oxidative handling pre-fermentation, reserved use of oak barrels, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal and rare temperature control. Minimal fining. Estate bottled. Small amount of Sulphites added before bottling.
2010 growing season was a kinder one than previous with a wet, cool spring
following a mild winter of average rainfall. A cool start to September however
halted voracious growth and delayed budburst of the Rhone varietals. A thick harvest of hay was cut in early
November thanks to the good spring rains. The onset of summer brought with it
the usual heat spikes with the last this year being early February. The few
weeks leading in to harvest were ideal, warm even days with cool nights typical
of the Mt Barker Summit. The fruit ripened steadily and easily, and harvest
began the last week of February. Of note for us was the absence of LBAM or
weevil damage. The fruit across the vineyard was in excellent condition and was
generous in quantity. It was a year for wines of gentile fragrance, politely
spoken flavours and defined structure.
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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