Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir 2019 Limited Availability
Graceful, pure & enchanting in the mouth with slippery tannins & a freshness that belies the density on the finish. Delicate nose of chalky petrichor, cinnamon and cigarbox spice with length, minerality & dark berries on the palate.
Spring rain cooled the soil & gave our vines a slow start this season. Flowering wasnt ideal, leading to small bunches and lots of leaf growth so needed extensive lcanopy work to ensure even ripening. Summer came through in the new year with a particularly dry & hot February, bringing us into harvest with pristine fruit that had great concentration, but very small volumes. Our Vineyard Ferment is made from Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777 on our north facing clay slopes. All organically managed and hand harvested.
Hand picked and fermented outside in the vineyard rows where the fruit was grown. This is the first year we had a separate destemmer, that lives in the vineyard so the fruit never left the rows. We allow the fruit to start fermentation in its own time and respond to the rhythm of the season. Therefore the fermentations are driven not only by indigenous vineyard yeast but also the ambient temperatures. So we are extended the vintage influence on the wine itself. We gently hand plunge the vats once per day and then allow a short maceration post-ferment for balance and harmony. The young wine is then aged for 15 months in old oak barrels before being estate bottled - unfined and unfiltered.
Elevage 15 months
Clones Dijon 115, 667, 777
100% Aged Oak Barriques
Soil Clay Over Limestone
Whole Bunch 20.4% Wild Yeast
Total Acidity 5.28 g/L
Price based on case of any 12 wines, all-inclusive of freight, taxes, duty and insurance from NZ Producer to your door in Australia. All prices based on live exchange rate.