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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir 2008

Quartz Reef

Vintage 2008

It is now well established that Central Otago is producing outstanding pinot noirs, with Quartz Reef being no exception. Still, there is no doubt in Rudi's mind that to produce great pinot noir will take time. We are looking forward to the exciting journey to learn more about pinot noir, the expression of the vines and the development in the bottle.

The fruit was hand picked in ideal condition 27th March to 7th April from our Bendigo Estate vineyard; which is close planted at 5,000 – 8,000 vines per hectare, with a yield of 4.5 tonnes per hectare..

The winemaking was very much in keeping with the traditional practices from the old world. The winemaker, Rudi Bauer, has combined these techniques, and his personal understanding, to create this wine.

Each Pinot Noir clone (10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 & Abel) was kept separate with 86% being de-stemmed in small batches between 2-6 tonnes with 4-7 days cold maceration. Hand plunged. Partly indigenous yeast fermentation peaked at 33-35°C. Post fermentation maceration over 6-9 days, depending on tannin structure, before being pressed into French oak, of which were 33% new, 40% 1 year old and 27% 2 years and older. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in spring and received an egg white fining for settling before bottling in June 2009.

The Pinot Noir 2008 is intense and typical of our Bendigo Estate Vineyard - Concentrated with sweet blueberry spice of silky texture and muscular tannins.

Juice Analysis
pH: 3.28 TA: 7.8g/l Brix: 24.2

Technical Data
pH: 3.64
TA: 5.6g/l
Alcohol: 14.5%

Colour: Deep bright red
Bouquet: Thyme, spiced wild berries
Palate: Chocolate, ripe dark cherry with round fine lasting sweet glazed tannins
Aging Potential: 5 to 8 years

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