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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir 2012

Hand-picked 30th March – 12th 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 (10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 & Abel) 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.

Each small batch was vinified separately according to clone, with a small percentage of whole bunches being retained, 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.

 Pressing directly into selected French oak barrique, of which 28 per cent were new. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation in spring and received an egg white fining to aid settling before bottling in May 2013.

 

The winemaking was very much in keeping with the traditional practices of the Old World.

The winemaker, Rudi Bauer, has combined these techniques, and his own personal understanding, to create this wine:

 

Technical data:       pH:  3.69                       TA:  5.6g/l                       Alcohol: 14.0%

 

Tasting Notes:

Colour:                       Deep bright red                               

Bouquet:                    Spiced ripe pinot aromatics

Palate:                        Ripe lush berry, complex texture, structured tannins and longevity

Aging Potential:       6 – 9 years


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