PINOT NOIR 2020 – YARRA VALLEY
The Rosehill vineyard is located at the northern part of the Yarra Valley, surrounded by dense eucalypt forest, with steep north-east facing slopes. The surrounding area has a high biodiversity, and no herbicides have been in used in the vineyard to allow the soil to be as alive as possible.
The vines are pinot noir clone MV6, 40 years old. Uniquely they are all own-rooted. MV6 is an Australian clone reputed for its structure, body and colour.
After a hot and early start to the growing season, this vintage ended on a cooler note. The fruit ripened slowly and the fruit was hand harvested from the early hours on a cool day on 23 March.
15% of the fruit was kept as whole bunch to add some texture. Fermentation started 3 days later in a 1 tonne open fermenter. This was assisted by manual hand and feet pigeage. The wine was aged for 7 months in two-year-old French oak barrels, on lees without sulphites.
The wine is a delicate and ethereal expression of the MV6 clone. It displays a vibrant colour with expressive flavours of berries, cherries and dark fruit. There is a long finish with forest floor notes.
No filtration. Minimal sulphur used only at bottling.
Total production: 500 bottles
Variety: Pinot Noir. Clone MV6