This is my seventh release of Forager Pinot Noir. 2018 was a very warm season…Good flowering conditions and sustained warmth lead to plentiful bunches. Crop levels were reduced through manual thinning to around 6.5 T/Ha. Hand-picked and hand-sorted, the grapes are then returned to sit amongst the vines where they once grew. Giving indigenous yeasts from the vineyard the opportunity to create a true expression of the actual vineyard site. Temperature fluctuations in the vineyard environment add a layer of complexity to the fermentation process. This season the warmth led to a shorter cold-soak leading to slightly lighter colour – perhaps more Pinot-esque. This is the second time I have taken fruit from the Isolated Hill Vineyard in North Canterbury and whilst the wines show contrasting seasons, the textural background shares common ground.
|VARIETY||Pinot Noir 2018|
|VINEYARD DETAILS||Amuri Limestone Quarry Hill,
210m Altitude, 40 km inland
|TIME ON SKINS||29 days|
|TIME IN BARRELS||16months.7barrels.|
|AGE OF OAK||15% New, 15% 1 yr old, 30% 2 yr old, 30% 3 yr old, 10% 4yr old.
Very fine grained, French.
|STABILISATION||Natural in barrel over winters|
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