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Estate ‘Down the Hill’ Pinot Noir 2017 Detail

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.

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Wine Profile

Vintage

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

Winemaking

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.

Winemakers

Sandro Mosele, Martin Spedding

Aging :: Oak

11 months :: 11% new 228 litre French oak barrels (medium toast; very tight grain; François Frères)

Malolactic

Complete

Residual sugar

Dry (0.44 g/l)

Finished pH :: TA

3.61 :: 5.6 g/l

Alcohol

13.0% (7.7 standard drinks/750ml bottle)

Production

923 dozen :: bottled 19 February 2018 :: screwcap

Release date

May 2018

TASTING NOTES

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.

Best drinking

2019-2027