2013 Felseck Vineyard Pinot Noir
The vines for this wine were meticulously maintained to maximise fruit ripening. Bunches were exposed to filtered sunlight through leaf removal on the East side of the canopy, while leaving leaves on the West Side to protect against sunburn. "Green Harvest" was performed at the first sign of veraison. In 2013, yields were in perfect balance with vegetative growth at 41hL per hectare or 2.35 tonnes per acre.
The grapes were handpicked, sorted de-stemmed, berry sorted, transferred to 5-tonne oak fermenters and then chilled for 7-10 days. Fermentation started naturally with indigenous yeast and the skins were hand-plunged three to four times a day to balance extraction with finesse in the finished wine. Gravity was used to fill barrels with the free run wine and the skins were gently pressed in a traditional basket press.
Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in barrel and was complete in the spring of 2014.
True to this unique vineyard, this 2013 Felseck Vineyard Pinot Noir shows a rich and intense layered nose of ripe red berry fruit and graphite. the palate is luscious and structured, showing ripe dark cherry and an earthy character. Supple tannins make this wine approachable now, but further cellaring will benefit those who have the patience.