2013 Locust Lane Pinot Noir
Vines were meticulously maintained to maximize fruit ripening. Bunches were exposed to direct sunlight through leaf removal and to promote maturation and flavour development. Green harvest was performed at the first sign of veraison. As a result of the excellent growing season, yields were healthy at 40hL per hectare or 2.3 tonnes per acre.
The grapes were handpicked, sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 5-tonne oak fermenters and then chilled for 5-7 days - the cold soak encourages fruit flavours and colour enhancement. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts and the skins were hand plunged three to four times a day during fermentation to balance extraction with finesse in the finished wine. Gravity was used to directly fill barres at the end of fermentation 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.
On the nose, the wine is beautifully perfumed, with ripe dark cherry that leads to a concentrated palate of dark chocolate, espresso bean and dark fruits. Fine silky tannins, a firm structure and generous length plays testimony to this exceptional single vineyard site.