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Our 2022 Estate Pinot Noir consists of eleven separate lots representing distinct aspects, clones and soils.  Each of these parcels were handled with attention to vineyard details with the aim of maximising site expression.  Indigenous yeasts connect all ferments but varying amounts of whole bunch, post ferment skin contact and individual oak handling were utilised respective to the lot characters themselves.  Each of these parcels combine to form our most complex Pinot Noir, with fragrant spices and a red fruit lift that seamlessly merges with darker fruits and more savoury complexities.  A myriad of vineyard based tannin entwines with gentle oak handling to accentuate a length of mineral clarity.  After 16 months maturation our Estate blend consists of 6% whole bunch and 17% new oak and was bottled without filtration.


From the vineyard

The 2022 growing season continues the cool theme of the last two seasons of 2021 & 2020.  Although all three were cool, each vintage has expressed differently and 2022 is no exception.  This was from the get-go as we endured our coldest spring on record.  In comparison, the combined heat accumulation of October and November was over 60% lower than the average.  Thankfully, we managed to avoid any serious frosts during this time most part due to higher rainfall and associated cloud cover.  The cool trend continued for most of the summer outside of a warmer-than-average January that gave our vines a welcome push along with that month’s slightly above-average rainfall. Rainfall for December and February was well below average, especially in February when no rain fell for the entire month.  That said, the effect of a dry February aided the concentration of our fruit in this somewhat cooler year.  Autumn too was cooler than average, especially April but by then we ready to pick at optimal ripeness.  Overall we are delighted with the expression that is 2022 which stands as a celebration of cool climate viticulture with it’s wonderful fragrance, nuanced depth, supple yet ample texture brought together with chime of fresh mineral acidity.  


Harvest date6th-12th April, 2022
Clones usedMV6, 114, 115 & D5V12
RootstockOwn roots, Teleki 5C, SO4 & Kober 5bb
Vine age22 to 30 years
TrellisLyre & Geneva Double Curtain
Soil typeVolcanic Basalt & Upper Ordovician
Fruit HandlingHand picked
Titratable acidity g/L6.0
Malic acidity g/L<0.05 g/L
Baume / Alcohol13.5%
% whole bunch6%
Malolactic fermentation100%
Second fill15%
Third fill68
Fining / filtrationNo fining or filtration
Available formats375ml, 750ml & 1.5lts
AvailableOnline, cellar door, select restaurants