2020 Estate Pinot Noir
2020 Estate Pinot Noir
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.
Lower than average rainfall and relatively standard temperatures over winter, and coolertemperatures in August and September, led to late budburst (oursecond latest) and flowering. However, above average temperatures and low rainfall during summer meant an early veraison and harvest. The period between flowering and veraison saw our warmest ever average minimum and second warmest maximums. Veraison to harvest was our fourth warmest maximums and our driest (47mm v 136mm average). Five days of above average temperatures at the beginning of harvest compressed the vintage further. Yields are normal and fruit quality is outstanding.
|Vineyards :: Clones||
Coolart Road :: McCutcheon :: Spedding :: Wallis :: Judd MV6, Pommard, Abel, 777
|Harvest date :: Yield||
Hand picked 18th March- 8th April 2020 :: 1.8 t/ha
|Brix :: pH :: TA||
22.86 - 24.12 :: 3.38 - 3.57 :: 6.82- 8.17g/L
• Fruit was handpicked, hand sorted and destemmed to a mixture of concrete and stainless steel fermentation vessels • Fermentation on skins for 14-20 days • Pressed to tank then racked to barrel keeping all parcels separate • 10 months in a combination of new (21%) French oak barriques & puncheons
Imogen Dillon, Martin Spedding
|Aging :: Oak||
10 months :: 21% new French oak
Dry (0.46 g/l)
|Finished pH :: TA||
3.55 :: 5.3g/L
374 doz bottled February 2021 :: screwcap
Dark cherry and clove aligned with hints of pomegranate surround and complement the fine tannins. This wine is a blend of parcels of fruit from both up and down the hill.
|Food :: Temperature||
Food Pairing Notes
Dry aged duck, braised red cabbage, spiced cherries :: serve wine at 13-16°C