Pinot Noir 2015
"The vintage and gentle winemaking have created a feminine, elegant contrast to our 2014 Pinot Noir."- Erinn Klein, Winemaker
Light and bright in colour with lifted beetroot and sweet soil earthiness alongside Morello cherry, African violet and thyme aromas. The palate is grippier and rounder than the colour suggests with chalky, rolling tannins and flavours of red cherries and herbes de Provence. An elegant, beautifully balanced Pinot Noir.
Grown 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.
15% whole-bunch pressed. Gentle plunging daily. 3-4 weeks on skins. Matured in 15% new French barriques. Bottled after 12 months.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled. Small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
The 2015 growing season was drier and somewhat warmer than 2014 and concluded with an uncommonly early start to the harvest, with grapes for our sparkling base being picked in the first week of February. Ripening across our low-to-moderate yields, however, was spread out enough to allow us to do all of our own handpicking with our French-dominated, in-house crew without recourse to extra hired hands. Wines from this vintage have a quality and character very similar to our stellar 2013 vintage with excellent concentration of flavours.