Seville Estate 2012 Old Vine Reserve Pinot Noir
The Pinot Noir is purely sourced from the original 1972 plantings. The block is one acre and produces low yields (1-2 tonnes/acre) of small berries and bunches.
The 2012 growing season produced a great vintage. The season was similar to 2010 where the climate suited all varieties and produced elegant and balanced wines. The season started with below average winter rainfall. As most winters are relatively dry and we were still, so wet from the record rainfall at the start of the year (2011) it did not concern us. This changed during spring with record rainfall (again) dumping one and a half times the average amount of rain in the Valley. With bud burst well established we feared another wet and disease prone year. By the later part of spring (early November) we had above average temperatures coupled with above average rainfall. This fear became a reality with increased humid conditions; large amounts of resources and money went into managing the disease pressure in the vineyard. Finally some relief came over the summer period with warm weather and average rainfall. The humidity still caused problems with disease and fruit set resulting in reduced crop levels on most varieties. Although the season was difficult, the mild weather conditions started to shape the vintage into something great. This was clearly seen in early to mid February were the flavours were so well developed in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at such low sugar levels. The honeymoon weather persisted with vintage commencing on the 16th February and all Chardonnay and Pinot Noir picked by the 5th March.
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 wild yeast fermentation with no temperature control used. Malo-lactic fermentation occurs during primary. Open ferments are hand plunged daily. Wine is gently pressed off skins and run straight to French oak for barrel maturation on lees. Approximately 50% new oak is used, being larger 300 & 500 litre barrels. 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.
Natural red colour with a slight hazy pale hue. The wine is beautifully perfumed with sweet cherries, floral spice and lees/earthy complexity. More complex and earthy on the palate with darker fruits, nutmeg spice and a savoury whole bunch character. This is still an elegant and textured wine with soft velvet tannins, balanced acidity and just the right amount of structure. A beautiful Pinot Noir worthy of the ‘Reserve Label’. Drink 2015-2020
Acidity: 6.8 g/l