2018 LENSWOOD PINOT NOIR

2018 LENSWOOD PINOT NOIR

50.00

SINGLE LENSWOOD VINEYARD AT HIGH ALTITUDE, STEMMY AND SPICY

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I’VE BEEN WORKING WITH BAROSSA FRUIT FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS NOW, I LOVE IT BUT SOMETIMES I CAN GET BORED DOING THE SAME THING. I FOUND MYSELF DRINKING LIGHTER AND MORE SAVOURY WINES AT HOME AND THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO JUMP IN THE CAR AND SEE WHAT WAS UP THE ROAD IN THE HILLS.

HAVING SPENT A FEW HARVESTS AT HIGH ALTITUDE IN THE USA’S SIERRA NEVADA FOOTHILLS I WAS MOSTLY AFTER A VINEYARD THAT HAD A DECENT ENOUGH SLOPE TO DRAIN THE WARM AIR AND HIGH ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO PICK WHEN THE SUGARS HADN’T BOLTED. AFTER SEVERAL DAYS CRUISING THE HILLS I CAME ACROSS A LITTLE PINOT VINEYARD IN THE SUB REGION OF LENSWOOD. AT 560M AND SLOPING TO THE NORTH EAST IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO A STRAWBERRY FIELD - YOU WOULDN’T SEE THAT ON THE HOT FLATS OF THE BAROSSA!

STALKY TANNINS AND HERBAL, SAVOURY WINES FLOAT MY BOAT, SO I PICKED THIS EARLY, BUNCHES AND ALL INTO THE FERMENTER AND THEN PLUNGED THE FERMENT OVER SEVERAL WEEKS. I’M NOT A BIG NEW OAK KIND OF GUY, BUT FOUND A NEW FRENCH PUNCHEON THAT WAS LIGHTLY TOASTED - IT ADDED A BIT OF FRESHNESS RATHER THAN CHARRY NUTTINESS. AFTER PRESSING I FILLED THIS UP WITH A FEW OLDER BARRIQUES AND LET IT SIT ON LEES FOR A YEAR.

SO IT SOUNDS PRETTY FANCY - HIGH ALTITUDE, SINGLE VINEYARD, 50% NEW OAK - BUT SIMPLY I LOVE DRINKING IT AND HOPE YOU WILL TOO.

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