2009 Tippet's Dam Pinot Noir
This single vineyard wine from Tippet's Dam vineyard has complex floral and fruit aromas leading to a densely layered mid palate full of bramble fruits and wild herbs. Firm tannins and an elegant backbone of acid following through into a very long finish of chocolate and cherries. Structured for 4 - 8 years cellaring, this wine is drinking very well and is most expressive with food.
Picked at 25 Brix and fermented with 20% whole bunches included. Cold soaked for a week, barrel fermented for a week (innoculated), post-soak for another week. Pressed to barrel (French) with 30% new, MFL in the spring. 9 months later racked to blend and returned to neutral oak for a further 6 months. Bottled sans fining or filtering.
Malcom Rees Francis, Winemaker
Vineyard: Tippet's Dam, Bannockburn, Central Otago
Soils: Ardguar / Hawksburn / Felton Soils and variants. Mainly light brown sandy loam over packed gravels of alluvial schist with clay loams over gravel and packed schist alluvial on the south sector.
Harvest Date: 24/4/2009
Brix at Harvest: 25
Residual Sugar: Less than 1g/l
Alcohol: 14% / vol.