2011 Pinot Noir Rowey Vineyards - Pepin Condé

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Rootstock: Richter 110
mix of Dijon clones
Fruit source: Elgin
Yield: 2.5 tons/hectare
Total production: 1612 bottles
˚B at harvest: 23.5-24.5˚
Alcohol: 14%
Total Acid: 5.7
Residual sugar: 2.1
Sugar-free extract: 26.4 g/l
Age of vines: 9 years
Trellis: 3-wire Perold
Irrigation: supplemental drip irrigation
Vineyard elevation: 230m
Slope: South-Westerly

Details of vinification and oaking:

The grapes for this wine are from a unique vineyard block located on the Rowey farm in Elgin. This small block of vines, less than a hectare, sits on a very exposed hill that gets its fair share of the Southeasterly winds. The vines are small with low vigour and small leaves and produce very compact, tight bunches of intense fruit.

All of the grapes were hand picked into small lug boxes and then cooled overnight before being carefully sorted and then crushed into small open tanks. The must was then cold-soaked for two days. One third of the wine was fermented using its natural yeasts and small part (about 5%) of the wine was whole bunch fermented. Hand punch-downs were done throughout. After primary fermentation, the wine was basket-pressed and then racked to barrel for the malo-lactic fermentation and subsequent barrel maturation. Only French oak was used, about 30% new and the balance 2nd and 3rd fill. After 11 months maturation, the wine was bottled with a light filtration.

Winemaker’s notes:

Complex perfumed nose of cherry and dark berry fruit with touches of nutmeg and cedar spice. Elegant, polished palate with very fine tannins and good length.