2020 Pinot Noir Shiraz

2020
Pinot Noir Shiraz

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Tasting Profile

Tasted February 2021

Our take on the re-emerging Pinot Noir / Shiraz blend, this wine is an equal blend of these varieties from our Red Hill vineyard.

The varieties were destemmed into separate stainless-steel vats together with a small number of whole bunches. Fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 14–16 days. The maturation period was nine months in an old French oak barriques, where the wine underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended then bottled without fining and with minimal SO2.

This wine reflects the cooler growing season of 2020, with bright yet delicate flavours of blackcurrant, blood orange, dried herbs and a sweet floral note. Similar characters appear on the softly textured palate, offering a medium-bodied style walking a line between Shiraz and Pinot Noir. While fine tannins and cranberry-like acidity deliver joy now, there will be a benefit from time in the cellar.

12.5%

Tasting Profile 2020
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Reviews

2020 reviews coming soon…

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The Vintage

A cold wet Winter, with approximately 195 mm of rain falling over June, July, and August, set up the vineyards well. A mild and early Spring followed. Conditions cooled somewhat in the lead up to flowering in early-mid November and continued throughout flowering, delaying fruit set. A milder than usual Summer slowed the phenology of the vines. Veraison in many of our parcels was in early February, approximately two to three weeks behind the five-year average. The region received several large rainfalls during late Summer, 200 mm in total, more than double that of the same period the previous year. These rainfalls were managed effectively, and the vineyard remained disease-free. Harvest commenced 11 March compared to 25 February the previous year. Weather during harvest was ideal, with cool overnight temperatures leading to very mild daytime temperatures. Our viticultural team worked steadily through the calm yet constant harvest. Yields were significantly lower than average due to the extended cool flowering period. Despite low yields, the quality of the fruit was excellent. The resulting wines are energetic, pure, and are characterised by beautiful natural acidity.
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The Vineyard

Our ‘pilot’ wines bring to bottle the experimentation and play of the winemaking team.

Experimentation is an essential element of our winemaking philosophy. It sees us developing and trialling various winemaking techniques, reassessing and expanding on traditional methods, highlighting specific parcels of fruit and exploring diverse wine styles. We are excited to share some of the results with our ‘pilot’ wines.

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