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Pinot Noir 2018

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Pinot Noir 2018

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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.

WINE INFORMATION

VARIETY Pinot Noir 2018
REGION North Canterbury
SUB-REGION Waiau
VINEYARD Isolated Hill
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.
WHOLEBUNCH 25%
ALCOHOL 14.4%
pH 3.80
TA 6.03g/L
FINING none
FILTRATION none
STABILISATION Natural in barrel over winters
CASES CRAFTED 176

 

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