Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Clone: mix of Dijon clones
Rootstock: Richter 110
Fruit source: Elgin
Yield: 7 tons/hectare
Total production: 1858 9l cases
˚B at harvest: 23.5-24.0˚
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Total Acid: 5.2
Residual sugar: 1.9
Age of vines: 11 years
Irrigation: supplemental drip irrigation
Vineyard elevation: 230m
Details of vinification and oaking:
The grapes for this wine are from three small blocks from one farm in Elgin. It is a beautiful site on well-drained, granite and shale soils. The vineyard was planted to a mix of Dijon clones.
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. 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, primarily 2nd, 3rd and 4th-fill and a touch (about 10%) of new oak. After 10 months maturation, the wine was bottled with a light filtration.
This wine has the classic strawberry and cherry fruit you expect from a pinot with a touch of peppery Asian spice that is typical of Elgin. Very pretty mouthfeel with fine polished tannins. From the beginning our goal has been to produce an elegant style of Pinot, not a big, heavy, oaky-dominated style — a more feminine style, with all the positives of that connotation. The 2013 was an excellent vintage with good ripeness coupled with excellent natural acidity.