Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"The 2015 Pinot Noir is sourced from our three Pinot Noir Vineyards. Our home vineyard was planted in 1995, and is grown on river-run shingle to very stony alluvial silts in the Rapaura sub region. The Strawlodge and Andahlane vineyards in the West Coast Road region are terraces of stone, clay, and silt. The Andahlane vineyards has Pommard Clone 5 planted in 1992 giving great structure to the wine.
A sunny and warm growing season ripened the grapes and these were hand-picked on the 20th, 26th, and 29th of March. The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed into tank for soaking in their juice before ferment. Wild yeasts initiated ferment and after five days we inoculated for fermentation. Once racked and pressed off the grape skins, the wine matures in French oak for twelve months, is then racked off lees and matured for another eleven months in neutral oak vat, before being bottled.
On the nose the wine shows spice, violets, vanilla and dark cherry. The palate is rich and full with plum and dark cherry alongside hints of smoke, spice and savoury notes. The French oak imparts a gentle vanilla pod flavor and the silky but firm grape tannins are well integrated. The wine has great balance, length and structure and will age well."