2023 Pinot Noir Shiraz

Pinot Noir Shiraz



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Tasting Profile

Tasted December 2023

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 separately into stainless-steel vats, with a small portion of whole bunches included in the Pinot Noir parcel. Fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 16–18 days. The maturation period was nine months in older French oak barriques and puncheons, where the wine underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended then bottled without fining and with minimal SO2.

Vibrant crimson in colour with a dark ruby hue. Lifted fruit aromatics of black current, blood plum, dark cherry and pomegranate, merge into more complex notes of fresh spice, sweet floral and green olive. The palate is energetic while softy textured. Plush velvety tannins support a cascade of plum and cherry flavours. A bright cranberry-like acid line brings freshness and length. Medium bodied and food friendly this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared in the short to medium term.


Tasting Profile 2023
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2023 reviews coming soon….

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The Vintage

Spring remained cold and wet, with 389mm of rainfall, making it the wettest Spring in 25 years. These conditions were challenging for our viticultural team. Waterlogged soils prevented access to the vineyards, with critical tractor operations delayed several times. Flowering commenced mid to late November amid continuing cold and wet conditions, which protracted our flowering period over several weeks. These challenging conditions prevailed until late December when we finally welcomed warm and sunny days. Fortunately, all our vineyards remained disease-free. Conditions for most of January and February were ideal. All our vineyards were healthy, albeit with very low crop loads. The mild conditions throughout late February and early March made this part of the season almost perfect for slow and steady ripening. Harvest commenced on 3 March and concluded on 14 April, slightly later than usual. Weather conditions were mild with temperatures below average and rainfall above average, providing gradual ripening throughout harvest with rain events being the only pressure. Our viticulture team worked steadily to deliver pristine fruit to the winery. Yields were lower than average due to the cool and wet 2022 Spring. Despite the low yields, fruit quality is exceptional.

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.