Summit Pinot Noir 2017
Like 2015 and 2016 the style we aspire to. Not overripe, not underripe, but just right.- Erinn Klein, Winemaker
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of this lighter coloured Pinot, it’s bursting with vibrant aromas and flavours. Tight and restrained on the nose with fresh scents of wild strawberry and sour cherry, mixed with cedar, cloves and cinnamon. Peppy red forest fruits and black cherry that linger, tempered by energetic tannins and fresh acidity.
NGERINGA Summit Pinot Noir is made from solely estate-grown fruit, from our steep easterly facing Summit vineyard, which sits at 360m above sea level, with a direct line of sight to Lake Alexandrina and the Murray mouth in the distance. Consequently receiving cooling evening breezes which do much to preserve our fruit acids and flavours through the critical weeks of ripening.
The grapes are very gently hand-harvested, de-stemmed and lightly hand plunged for two to three weeks before pressing directly into French barrels. There it is allowed to evolve for eleven months of maturation before a minimal dash of sulphur is added just prior to bottling, to protect from oxidation.
Adelaide Hills recorded its largest annual rainfall in a quarter of a century during the 2017 growing season. Although these heavy rains created disease pressure for many local wineries, our biodynamically-managed vineyards remained healthy and vibrant, producing some of our best grapes so far. An extended harvest helped by a long slow ripening period also contributed to what was, for us, a dream vintage, offering both excellent quality grapes and quantity.