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Bouquet of raspberry, blackberry, cherries and cedar. A core of berry fruit, and bramble, is accompanied by tobacco, liquorish and seasoned oak notes with hints of smoke and vanilla. This complements a focused palate with integrated fruit tannins and good length.
2018 was one of our earliest harvests. Beautifully hot in November, December and January and a following cool February, March allowed the grapes to ripen slowly with great flavours and aromatics. A year that showed the exacting vineyard management qualities and decisional capabilities of an experienced and valued team from our vineyard.
We have ten hectares of Pinot noir planted in 8 different clones. Vines are planted in differing areas of the vineyard to maximise the array of flavours available to us during blending. A clonal selection of 777 and 667 make up this blend.
Temperature controlled fermentation using only natural yeasts, combined with hand plunging to optimize the fruit and tannin balance. Following extended post-ferment maceration on skins the wine was drained and pressed to barrel. Rigorous barrel selection and blending is followed by minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling.
100% French oak aged for 11 months with a mixture of selected cooperages of which 40% of the barrels are new