This is the eighth release of Forager Pinot Noir. 2019 was a low yielding season. A cool start to the season, followed by largely fine and quite dry conditions led to small volumes of ripe and concentrated fruit. Several passes through this small vineyard to tend to shoot thinning, bunch thinning, dropping shoulders and leaf plucking have provided the natural raw ingredients for a vibrant and expressive wine. The fruit was hand picked in early April and left outside in the vines to ferment with a full 28 days on skins, before bringing to the winery for a gentle pressing to French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 15 months before bottling without fining or filtration.
|VARIETY||Pinot Noir 2019|
|VINEYARD DETAILS||Amuri Limestone Quarry Hill,
210m Altitude, 40 km inland
|TIME ON SKINS||28 days|
|TIME IN BARRELS||15 months. 6 barrels.|
|AGE OF OAK||17% New, 17% 1 yr old, 17% 2 yr old, 17% 3 yr old, 34% 4yr old.
Very fine grained, French.
|STABILISATION||Natural in barrel over winters|
|CASES CRAFTED||144 (12 x 750ml) and 12 x 1500ml|
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