Mount Barker Pinot Noir
We were fortunate to have a generally mild season in 2016. There were no major weather events and the slightly cooler conditions particularly suited the Pinot Noir. With our typical low yields, it was able to ripen slowly in the moderate conditions with very good flavour development and no disease risk. Harvest was in early March.
The Pinot was fermented in small open fermenters with frequent hand plunging to gently extract the colour and flavour from the skins. Once pressed out, the wine was matured in new and older French oak barriques for 14 months before bottling.
Medium density with a dark red brick colour.
The 2016 is quite perfumed with smoky and spicy cherry fruit aromas along with some attractive red berry and dried cranberry fruit characters.
This is a finely structured Pinot with loads of the fresh cherry fruit flavours typical of cool climate grown fruit. These fruit flavours are beautifully balanced by the gently drying tannins picked up during fermentation and maturation and there’s a hint of astringency on the finish contributing to its length. It is restrained in style yet still has the characteristic mouthfeel and texture that is the hallmark of this variety.
This wine is certainly approachable now but will continue to improve with further bottle maturation and we anticipate it will drink well for many years.