100% Pinot Noir from Felton Road's Block 5, situated on a gentle north facing slope in the heart of The Elms vineyard planted in 1993, Bannockburn, Central Otago.
25% of the fruit was retained as whole clusters with the remainder carefully de-stemmed stemmed directly to the fermenters by gravity without harsh pumping. Long pre-fermentation soaks of 7 to 8 days prior to fermentation with indigenous yeasts and punched down by hand up to three times per day with a total time on skins of 21-23 days. Pressed off and barrels filled immediately by gravity to the underground barrel cellars. The wine spent 17 months in barrel, 33% new French) with two rackings and no fining or filtration, before bottling.
Immediately the pedigree is obvious: loaded with dark fruit and dried herbs, with hints of smoked meat over a complex spice background. The palate leads with a silky chocolate like sensation that builds and flows to every corner of the mouth. There is a harmony of different textural components that’s enchanting and endlessly enticing. It’s all about finesse, detail and honesty: no more and no less.
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