2005 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
Main Ridge Pinot Noir...
Budburst - 1 Sep
Flowering – 26 Nov
Veraison - 10 Feb
Harvest – 13 Apr
Budburst-harvest - 225 days
DORMANT INTERVAL [May-Aug]: Temperatures below average, our coolest dormant interval; rainfall 34% above average, our wettest dormant interval, though most in June (147mm v 66mm avg). Despite this, budburst almost a week earlier than average.
BUDBURST INTERVAL [Sep-Nov]: Temperatures slightly below average; rainfall 56% above average, both September and November had almost double their average (both the highest for those months in our records), our wettest budburst interval. Slow growth, with inflorescence development lagging.
FLORAISON INTERVAL [Dec-Jan]: Temperatures slightly below average; rainfall average. Cool weather conditions resulted in lower than average fruit set, smaller bunches with small berries.
VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]: Temperatures average, below average February and March but well above average April; rainfall 26% above average but distorted by a very wet early February, our wettest in 11 years (131mm v 35mm avg; 3 February 2005 was our 2nd wettest day after the infamous 23 April 2001, 89mm in 24 hours). Grape maturities accelerated late into an extended ripening period with intense flavour development.
Budburst second earliest (with 2006, a week earlier than average), flowering and veraison just later than average, harvest 11 days later than average. Hang time 17 days longer than average, 2nd longest.
Wines are regarded as excellent. Langton’s rate it 9/Halliday 9.