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2013 McCutcheon Pinot Noir

2013 McCutcheon Pinot Noir

2013 McCutcheon Pinot Noir

Sweet perfume and red sour cherry pip are complemented by the edgy tannin and structured line that define this wine's profile. The fruit is fine and present, offering a pretty edge with a lovely grip to finish.

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SKU: MCC2513

Wine Profile

Other Notes
Lower than average rainfall and relatively standard temperatures over winter and cooler temperatures over spring led to late budburst and flowering (our latest on record). A mild start to the summer delayed fruit set followed by mild conditions over autumn providing slower ripening and resulting in a later start to the vintage (2 weeks later than average). Yields were significantly reduced but those grapes that were picked were of good quality – great natural acidity and lovely flavours in our Chardonnay with the Pinot Noir benefitting from the long cool ripening.
Vineyards :: Clones
Vineyard Notes
McCutcheon (100%) :: MV6 (75%) [Ridge Block], G5V15 (25%) [Lake Block]
Harvest date :: Yield
Harvest Date
Hand picked 20 March 2013
Brix :: pH :: TA
23.6-24.0° (13.1-13.3° Baumé) :: 3.62-3.64 :: 7.68-8.2 g/l
Winemaker Notes
Hand harvested in late March and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 5-6 day preferment maceration preceded a 100% indigenous yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 21 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to 20% new French oak barriques. After a natural 100% MLF with the onset of warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 15 months of oak maturation.
Jeremy Magyar, Richard McIntyre, Martin Spedding
Aging :: Oak
15 months :: 20% new French oak barriques (medium toast; very tight grain; François Frères)
Residual sugar
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.71 g/l)
Finished pH :: TA
3.45 :: 6.3 g/l
Alcohol %
Alcohol %
Production Notes
251 dozen :: bottled 1 September 2014 :: screwcap
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
The nose is dark and dense, redolent of ripe berry fruits and undergrowth. There’s something so vivid about the aroma here, recalling the physicality of walking through a densely planted forest. It’s also relatively restrained given the density of its aromas, and there’s an elegant containment to the way this wine leaks rather than shoves its aromas from the glass. There’s also a savoury dimension that isn’t immediately apparent, but which grows as the wine gains air. In the mouth, a suitably impressive experience, that density of aroma translating to masses of flavour and structure on the palate. This is a serious wine, and one that has so much more to give, despite the attractiveness of its present flavours. Tannins are a particular highlight, being fine and ripe, as is a certain strand of sappy flavour that runs alongside berry fruit and contributes the most delicious freshness. Its forearm is muscular, this wine’s, although its hand is soft as it takes you for a spin. Not a bad combination.
Food :: Temperature
Food Pairing Notes
Boeuf Bourguignon. Serve at 14–17°C.
Best drinking
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