Heifer Station Pinot Noir 2019
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Heifer Station vineyard is situated between 860-900m elevation on the undulating slopes of Mt Canobolas. Pinot Noir was planted in the vineyard in 1999 and 2012 using the MV6 clone. Recent plantings include 667, Q932 and 777.
During the growing season the vines are both shoot and bunch thinned by hand to reduce yield. The result is a small but quality crop of around 4 tonnes per hectare. Fruit was picked in late February after a long summer and received at the winery in excellent condition. The fruit is hand sorted and left whole in open fermenters. Native or wild yeasts starts fermentation, which continues for around 18 days. The fruit is then gently racked to barrel with some fine yeast solids to add complexity. The wine is split between 1/3 new French Oak and 2/3 Old French Oak barrels for a period of 8-10 months.
Hand-picked and hand sorted whole bunches are left in open fermenters to activate wild yeast. The wine is racked to a combination of new and mature French oak barrels after primary fermentation is complete. A lovely textured and aromatic style, with dark cherry, plum & mulberry characters. Charred oak & dried spice with fine tannin frame the palate of this medium bodied wine, with both structure and elegance.
100 % Pinot Noir
A lovely medium ruby red colour, tending to light around the edges
7-10 years under ideal conditions
1/3 New French Oak 2/3 Old French Oak