Following an average rainfall and relatively warm winter, it was again the spring weather leading up to flowering which caused issues. October was our third wettest on record (96mm v 62mm average) and November saw our second coldest maximum and minimum temperatures (19.3° v 20.9°, 9.6° v 10.9°), consequently the budburst interval (budburst-flowering) was our longest ever – 87 days v an average of 75 days – and flowering was our latest ever (5 December v our 21 November average). In the end, due to the excellent February and March, hang time (budburst- harvest) was average – 205 days v an average of 204 days – and harvest date was close to average – 1 April v an average of 29 March. Yields are down because of the problems around flowering but summer and early autumn saw long, slow ripening – perfect for our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Vineyards :: Clones
Coolart Road (100%) :: MV6 (90%), 115 (6%), 777 (4%)
Harvest date :: Yield
Hand picked 8-16 March 2017 :: 2.9 tonnes/ha (1.2 t/acre, ~17.4hl/ha)
Brix :: pH :: TA
22.5-24.4° (12.5-13.6° Baumé) :: 3.65-3.70 :: 5.3-6.6 g/l
Grapes hand-harvested early-mid March. Whole bunches varied with different parcels between 0- 20% with the destemmed portion all whole berries, and transferred to a mix of 5 tonne concrete and 1 tonne stainless steel tanks. Held cold for a few days to delay start of indigenous yeast ferment which then typically runs for 25-30 days. Cap management by pump over with some plunging towards the end of the ferment. Following pressing, the wine was transferred to 25% new 228 litre French oak barrels for 11 months. Natural 100% malolactic fermentation before bottling unfined and with minimal filtration.
Sandro Mosele, Martin Spedding
Aging :: Oak
11 months :: 11% new 228 litre French oak barrels (medium toast; very tight grain; François Frères)
Dry (0.44 g/l)
Finished pH :: TA
3.61 :: 5.6 g/l
13.0% (7.7 standard drinks/750ml bottle)
923 dozen :: bottled 19 February 2018 :: screwcap
With the Estate Pinot Noir now split into two, this wine is a celebration of the lower, warmer Ten Minutes By Tractor vineyard sites, and in 2017 it’s all from the low-yielding Coolart Road Vineyard. Here, that means a wonderfully generous and approachable Pinot that captures a perfect ripening season. A Pinot with a palate flush with red fruit and cranberry and dry tannins. A more masculine wine compared to the ‘Up the Hill’ and immediately enjoyable.
Andrew Graham [February 2019, commissioned by TMBT]
Food :: Temperature
Such fruit power means this will cope with non-traditional Pinot dishes. Chinese BBQ pork with green beans would work here. Serve at 14–17°C.