Reviews: 96 Points Halliday Wine Companion 2021
The 2019 Vintage was short and compressed showing fantastic quality across all varieties. The warm and dry season contributed to the short ripening period. We were lucky though, good rain fall during winter and early spring meant our rich red soils were at full water capacity. The vines utilised this water source to establish healthy canopies allowing the fruit adequate shading during hot days. Minimising sun burn is crucial to the quality of the fruit and maintaining the lifted perfume characters in our wines.
We experienced average rain fall in the start of the season until an eight-week dry spell which started in mid-January. After two weeks of dry warm conditions, it was clear ripening would begin to move quickly, this was similar to the 2016 vintage which was compressed and chaotic. Fortunately, I learnt from that vintage and we quickly prepared to receive ‘lots’ of fruit in a very short period of time.
Harvest date: 01/03/2019
Baume: 12.9 bè
Soil: deep red volcanic / basalt
Yields tons/acres: 1.8
Fruit is hand handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. Single Ferment with around 20-30% whole bunch. Must is cold soaked for 4 days then natural fermentation occurs with no temperature control. Malolactic fermentation occurs during primary. Open ferments are pumped over daily. Wine is gently pressed off skins and run straight to French oak for barrel maturation on lees in 30% new oak (300 & 500lt) 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 rose red with a light hue. Beautifully lifted and perfumed showing spice and sweet reds fruits. The palate is layered with red fruits, fine tannins, savoury whole bunch characters and soft earthy flavours. A supple and delicious Pinot that has great acidity, length and fineness. Drink 2022 - 2028
Production: 150 dozen
Acidity: 5.8 g/L