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Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir

Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir

Hand-picked 19th – 22nd March 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 (5, 115, 10/5 & Abel) with planting commencing 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,100 % de-stemmed, 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 33% new and 67% two years old. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation in spring and bottled 27th June 2012, without fining and filtration.

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:

“The 2011 vintage turned out to be more lush and concentrated than we expected. This came about due to well-timed canopy management coupled with sensitive winemaking.”

Technical Data:
pH: 3.69
TA: 5.0 g/l
Alc: 14%

Colour: Deep bright red
Bouquet: Engaging fine aromatic herbs, Dawson cherry
Palate: Subtly smooth and succulent, chocolate with sweet, velvet fine rolling tannins
Aging Potential: 6-9 years


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