Hand harvested on 4th March:
A Bouquet of rich bright red fruits of strawberry and cherry. This elegant yet complex pinot noir shows hints of ripe red fruits & dried spice with a fine backbone of soft tannins. The finish is silky with a superb mid palate.
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4th & 13th March 2019
Bright red fruits of strawberry and cherry.
Geraldine McFaul at Willow Creek Vineyard
This elegant yet complex pinot noir shows hints of ripe red fruits & dried spice with a fine backbone of soft tannins. The finish is silky with a superb mid palate.
Budburst was early this year which resulted in flowering with good fruit set. The warm ripening period saw harvest commence a week sooner than normal. Yields were reported as high – average with fine acidity retention and excellent balanced flavours.
The Pinot Noir was handpicked, then 100% destemmed, with minimal crushing, into small open fermenters, where a natural fermentation commenced after a few days, and the total maceration was for 21 days. The wine was pressed and settled overnight before transfer to barrels (25% new) for malolactic fermentation and maturation (10 months). The wine was given one racking off gross lees in the late winter and bottled in February 2020.