100% Pinot Noir from the Applejack Vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley region of Victoria, owned by highly respected viticulturist Ray Guerin and managed by his son Mark.
Assembled from two parcels of hand-picked fruit, one of which whole bunch ferment, the second destemmed to whole berries. Both parcels were given a cold soak for 5 days but the whole bunch ferment commenced fermenting after 3 days so it was allowed to warm and progress naturally. Ferment temperatures peaked at about 32°C in both vats. Once the ferments were dry, the vats were emptied into an airbag press and pressed to tank. Racked off gross lees to oak for indigenous malolactic fermentation. Remained in barrel for 11 months in 28% new oak, 19% one year old oak, and 53% older oak. Three rackings were performed for clarity before gravity bottling.
Very herbaceous on the nose with smoky cherry fruit and pronounced green bell pepper aromas. The youthful palate shows complexity with cherries, spiced oak and fine tannins. A wine with great potential to develop and shine.
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