2016 Coolart Road Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
17-20 February 2016
Sugar At Harvest
21.4-23.0° Brix (11.9-12.8° Baumé)
TA (finished)
5.8 g/l
pH (finished)
12 months in 20% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
March 2017
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.82 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2016 Coolart Road Pinot Noir

From our northern Peninsula, "down-the-hill" vineyard in the Moorooduc/Tuerong region. Markedly different from our other single vineyard Pinot Noirs as one would expect from this much warmer site with easier draining sedimentary soils.

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Previous vintages of this wine - 2015, 2013

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The Coolart Road vineyard is the earliest picked of the Ten Minutes by Tractor vineyards and typically produces a more fleshy wine. Yet in 2016 it is a different beast, with darker, savoury, meaty plum fruit and an earthen edge. The grapes for this wine were picked over several days at a range of different ripeness levels, a move which ultimately delivers surprising complexity. A brooding Pinot Noir, from a vineyard otherwise known for easygoing flavours. Andrew Graham [February 2018, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 17-20 February 2016. Clones MV6 (65%), 115 (18%) and 777 (17%) from F Block (100%) on our Coolart Road vineyard. Yield 6.24 tonnes/ha (2.5 t/acre, ~37hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
• 100% destemmed • 3-7 day pre-ferment maceration • 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging • short post-ferment maceration, total 15-25 days on skins • following pressing and short settling period the wine was transferred to 20% new French oak barriques • bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 12 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
The almost smoky edge would make this perfect with a smoky bresaola charcuterie platter. Serve at 14–17°C.
320 dozen
Vintage Notes

After a very cold winter, the 2016 growing season had the highest average maximum temperature (23ºC v 21.8ºC avg), earliest flowering (10 days earlier than average) and harvest dates(23 days earlier than average) on record, lowest growing season rainfall (211mm v 348mm avg) and shortest hang time (budburst-harvest; 21 days shorter than average). The result was a dry and warm vintage with good yields.

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