Seville Estate 2008 RESERVE Pinot Noir
The Reserve Pinot is a small selection of the best parcels of fruit of this vintage. This selection process involved choosing those barrels which exhibited the ‘Pinot character’ with an extra level of concentration and depth.
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.
2008 was a warm and dry year resulting in Seville’s earliest vintage on record. This was a direct result from 2007 being the warmest year on record. Good rainfall in winter (2007) and dry conditions through spring produced a balanced fruit set. Warm dry conditions continued through summer with record monthly temperatures through November and December. The extreme heat damaged some fruit exposed to the western sun. Crop thinning removed the damaged fruit leaving the remainder ripening quickly throughout January and February. Picking of Pinot Noir commenced on 6th March and finished by 11th March; 2 weeks earlier than 2007 vintage.
Fruit is hand picked and de-stemmed into 2.5t open fermentation tanks, 20% whole bunches were 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 daily. 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.
Dense cherry spice fruits with earthy overtones. The palate shows delicate berry fruits, sweet spice and gamey/earthy characters. Velvety tannins and balanced acidity give great texture and interest to the wine. The finish is long with complex spice, berry and savory characters lingering. A beautiful Pinot Noir worthy of the ‘Reserve Label’.
Technical Data: Alcohol: 13.7%
Acidity: 7.2 g/L