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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir 2001

Quartz Reef

Cuvee

The fruit was sourced from the Pisa Range Estate Vineyard, 12 km north of Cromwell.

The vineyard is planted (1996) with pinot noir clones 10/5 and clone 5, and in 1998 planted with pinot noir clones 113, 114 & 777. The soil is mainly loam, of very good depth and it is a medium vigour site, with the rows north facing, and a vineyard spacing of 2 x 1.3 metres.

The 2001 pinot noir was hand picked clone by clone between 11th April and 4th May 2001, transported in small 10 kilogram picking bins into the winery, with 88% being de-stemmed and 12% kept as whole bunches.

Juice Analysis
Pisa Range Estate Vineyard · pH: 3.34 · TA: 8.5 · Brix: 24.0

The grapes were fermented in 2 tonne fermenters with up to 10 days cold maceration. Indigenous yeast fermentation, with fermentation peak at 31-33 deg Celsius, followed by post fermentation maceration, depending on tannin structure, between 5-7 days before being pressed and transferred into all French oak, of which are 30% new, 25% 1 year old and 45% 2 years and older.

The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in spring and before bottling received an egg white fining for final settling, and bottled on the 1st April 2002.

Technical Data
pH: 3.65
TA: 6.2g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%

Colour: Deep bright red
Bouquet: Sweet dark wild berry, chocolate, perfume. "Fruit des bois" (French descriptive words for the wild berries of the forest)
Palate: Vibrant, stylish, sensuous pinot noir attack combined with persistent toasty tannins
Aging Potential: 3 to 7 years


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