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2013 Pinot Noir
Hand-picked 3rd April from our Biodynamic Demeter Certified Bendigo Estate vineyard; with a vine density of 5,000–8,000 plants per hectare on grafted pinot noir clones, planted in 1998.
The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam and Letts steepland with an elevation from 217 – 264 metres, on 44.55° south. Selected from the mid-section of the vineyard Blocks 7 & 12: Clone 115 & Abel on various rootstock.
Each small batch was vinified separately,15% whole bunch, left for 5-7 days cold soak before indigenous yeast fermentation kicked in, peaking at 33°C.
Gentle plunging throughout ferment, followed by post-fermentation maceration of up to 12 days to ensure optimum tannin balance. Total time on skin; 28 days.
Pressing directly into selected French oak barrique; of which 17% new, 33% one year old and 50% three years old. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation in spring and bottled 9th July 2015, without fining and filtration.
The winemaking was very much in keeping with the traditional practices of the Old World. Winemaker, Rudi Bauer, has combined these techniques, and his own personal understanding, to create this wine.
Colour: Dark red
Bouquet: Perfumed fine aromatic herbs,
Palate: Strong, excellent weight and texture, powerful tannins
Ageing Potential: 6 – 9 years
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Price $150 per bottle