Pinot Noir grown in Felton Road's Block 5, situated on a gentle north facing slope in the heart of The Elms vineyard, in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago.
A portion of whole clusters with the remainder destemmed directly to the fermenters by gravity without harsh pumping. Long pre-fermentation soaks of 8-10 days prior to fermentation with indigenous yeasts and hand-punched down up to 4 times daily with a time on skins of 19-21 days. Pressed off and barrels filled by gravity. 18 months in French barrels with 2 rackings and no fining or filtration before bottling.
The deeply fragrant nose offers sweet florals, cane fruits and exotic perfume. Signature lavender aromatics are at once bright and restrained in this vintage. Broad-ranging red fruits and vibrant sandalwood are presented over a crystalline structure and elegant framework. Mocha undertones lend intriguing hints of noble power with soft and feathery tannins offering persistence and poised balletic precision.
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