Seville Estate 2015 Pinot Noir
The 2015 vintage was a great year that produced astounding wines across all varieties with good quantities. Great quality and quantity has not been seen in the Yarra Valley for some years and was gladly welcomed by the industry including the growers and accountants.
A mild start to the growing season with October and November producing some beautifully warm Spring days coupled with good rainfall. This lay the foundation for a great start to the season and a kick start to growth in the vineyard. Mild weather conditions with light winds followed through flowering which meant a high percentage of fruit set was achieved.
Summer was also mild with average temperatures and below average rainfall. This produced massive growth in the vineyard and management of canopies become paramount. Some high disease pressure days over the Christmas and New Year break put Andrew in and out of the tractor spraying desperately to stay ahead. This paid off as there were many reports of powdery mildew outbreaks around the Valley at this time. This pressure persisted through mid January then warmer, dryer conditions during February set us up for a great harvest.
Vintage was again early with sparkling base picked on the 11th February (7 days earlier then 2014) and table chardonnay coming in on the 26th. Pinot’s and Riesling followed in the first week of March with Shiraz and Cabernet all in by the 30th. It was a tight and compact vintage that didn’t seem to slow down or come up for breath. The winery was a buzz with fruit continually flowing in and fermenters everywhere.
Fruit is handpicked and de-stemmed into 3 tonne open fermentation tanks, approx. 20% whole bunch was added. Must was cold soaked for four days then left to start fermentation naturally with no temperature control used. Malolactic 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 30% new oak is used, being larger 300 & 500 litre barrels. Wine is not filtered or finned, but allowed to clarify naturally in the cellar prior to bottling. This minimal handling is done to maximize delicate “Pinot character” flavours.
Bright crimson red with a slight pale hue. Beautifully aromatic showing sweet spice and ripe strawberry matched with complex savoury/earthy whole bunch characters. The palate is supple and rounded with ripe tannins that brings the palate in line and gives length and focus to the finish. Juicy cherry/spice and rhubarb fruits are nicely incorporated with the nutty oak the natural tannins. A more juicy and supple style which will reward aging. Drink 2017 - 2022.
Technical Data: Alcohol: 13.1% Ph: 3.46 Acidity: 7.8 g/l