Bendigo Estate Single Ferment Pinot Noir 2020 - Magnum (Limited Release)
Deep bright ruby, with a fragrant, complex bouquet. Mouth filling and sweet-fruited, with rich, beautifully ripe flavours, a hint of liquorice, and a savoury, silken finish. Already delicious, ageing potential 7-10 years.
95 points by Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Jun 2021) 96 pointsand5 Stars by Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (Jan 2021) Super Classic and 5 Starsby Michael Cooper MW (Jan 2021)
It was a cool start to the season with occasional frosts, two brief hailstorms in October, and a higher amount of rainfall during December. We also experienced more cloud cover than normal, the severe bushfires in Australia may have contributed to this. By the end of January, we were experiencing more settled weather. Veraison was early February and our grape harvest began early March. With the added pressure of Covid-19, we were happy to have the weather on our side. It is certainly a harvest to remember and we will be rewarded with a vintage of high-quality wine.
This single ferment named “Charlee Bubs” has been selected as it best expresses the Bendigo Estate vineyard and the growing season. Hand harvested on the 1st of April from block 4. Cold soaked for 5 days before indigenous yeast fermentation kicked in. Gentle hand plunging throughout ferment, followed by post fermentation maceration of 6 days to ensure optimum fruit and tannin balance. Total time on skin: 22 days. Drained directly into selected French oak barriques (16 % new, 33 % 2 year old, 51 % 3 years old) where the wine aged for 13 months during which natural malolactic fermentation occurred.