PINOT NOIR 2020 – YARRA VALLEY
After a hot and early start to the growing season, this vintage ended with cooler temperatures. The fruit took time to ripen and the harvest was late, taking place in mid-March.
The vineyard is in Dixons Creek and east-facing, which allows for a gentle ripening and a delicate fruit. The clay and lime soils are planted with one of the first official French pinot noir clones, number 115. This clone is reputed for its structure and perfume.
The fruit was hand harvested in the early morning of 12 March. 10% of the fruit was kept as whole bunch and the rest were retained as whole berries. A slow fermentation took place for 2 weeks and the fruit was gently plunged by hand. The wine was aged in barrels with 15% new oak for 6 months.
Bottling took place when the wine achieved optimum balance between fruit expression and delicate tannins.
The result is a lively, vibrant wine, with aromas of cherries, boysenberries with leather base notes.
Total production: 2,000 bottles
Variety: Pinot noir, French 115 clone
Alcohol: 12.5% alcohol