Seville Estate 2001 Pinot Noir
Seville Estate’s Pinot shows classic cool climate ‘Pinot character’. The cooler sub-region of Seville often produces Pinots of softness and balance while retaining the deep gamey complexity and fruit concentration, which are the hallmarks of premium Pinots. To maintain depth and complexity crop levels are kept low in the mature Seville vineyards. When fully ripe, fruit is handpicked and crushed into small open vats for a pre-ferment cold soak for four days. This helps to build texture and colour in the wine. Following fermentation the wine is gently pressed off skins and run to French oak for barrel maturation.
2001 was a strong vintage for Seville Estate. A mild spring followed by a mild to warm summer set up a balanced crop level to a stage ready to ripen over the cooler Autumn period, which arrived on cue at the beginning of March. The cooler periods helped maintain acidity and develop a strong, concentrated fruit expression in the wine.
Pinot crop levels are kept low so as to concentrate fruit flavours. Fruit is hand picked and crushed into 2.5t open fermentation tanks, 20% whole bunches was added. Must is cold soaked for four days prior to addition of cultured yeast. No temperature control during fermentation is used. Open ferments are hand plunged 3 times daily, at the peak of fermentation pigeaging is performed. Wine is gently pressed off skins and run straight to French oak for malo-lactic ferment and barrel maturation on lees. Wine is not filtered, but allowed to clarify naturally in the cellar prior to bottling. This minimal handling is done to maximize delicate “Pinot character” flavours.
The aroma is gamey and earthy, with the classic ‘forest floor’ pinot character. The fruit is concentrated strawberry and plums, backed with toasty oak. The palate is textured and complex with a seductive richness, but tempered with elegant balance. ‘Pinot characters’ are difficult to define due to the complex integration of flavours. This is what makes the style so appealing.
Technical Data: Alcohol: 14.5%