2008 Estate Pinot Noir
This wine has a lively, ruby red colour. The intense and complex nose shows aromas of wild raspberries, sour cherries and vanilla with a touch of leather. The 2008 Estate Pinot Noir is medium bodied with a fleshy mid palate and focused acidity, finishing off with fine ripe tannins. The palate shows excellent concentration of cherries and raspberries with some vanilla notes. This elegant Pinot Noir has a lingering finish and great potential for ageing.
At fruit set, we exposed all bunches to sunlight, with leaf removal on both sides of the canopy to maximize fruit ripening. Green harvest was performed at the first sign of véraison and we only left the 12 best bunches per vine in order to promote ripening, concentration of flavours and the expression of terroir.The grapes were handpicked, double hand sorted and cold- soaked for 7 to 8 days. The wine was fermented with native yeasts with hand-plunging of the skins between one and four times a day during fermentation. The wine was drained by gravity, directly into barrels, at the end of fermentation and the skins were gently pressed in a traditional basket press. The Pinot Noir spent 14 months in French oak and was aged a further 4 months in stainless steel barrels. From harvest to bottling, the wine was neither pumped nor filtered and no fining agents were used.