2011 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, spice and wild herbs. Plush tannins and a supple mouth feel follow through into a very long finish of cinnamon and cherries. Structured for 4 – 8 years cellaring, this wine is drinking well on release and is most expressive with food.
Picked at 25.2 Brix and fermented with 20% whole bunches included. Cold soak for a week, fermented for a week (inoculated), post-soak for another week. Pressed to barrel (French, Malolatic fermentation in the Spring. 9 months later racked to blend and returned to neutral oak for another 6 months. Bottled sans fining or filtering.
Malcom Rees Francis, Winemaker
Vineyard: Tippet’s Dam, Bannockburn, Central Otago
Soils: Ardgaur / Hawksburn / Felton soils and variants. Mainly light brown sandy loam over packed gravels of alluvial schist, with clay loams over gravel and packed schist on the south sector.
Harvest Date: 14/4/2011
Brix at Harvest: 25.2
Clones: 10/5, 5, 777, 115, 113, 13
Residual Sugar: Less than 1g/l
T.A: 7.2 g/l
Alcohol: 14 %/vol.