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These Pinot Noir grapes come from our estate in Bendigo, Central Otago, called Someone’s Darling.
The soil type is free drainage sandy loam over schist alluvium gravels know as Molyneux soils.
Clones planted here are B777, B667, B115 and Abel. The vineyard was entirely cane pruned to two canes, with the wire being approximately half full. Yield from the vineyard was two tonnes per acre.
Average harvest analysis 24 brix, 8.2g/l TA, 3.25 pH
Once the clones entered the required flavour profile they were machine harvested with a destemming harvester. At the winery the fruit was pumped straight to the tank without crushing to leave some whole berries. After a five day cold soak the must was inoculated with D354 yeast. The ferment was hand plunged twice daily until dry when it was pressed off. The wine then underwent full malolactic in tank, after eight months of ageing the wine was stabilised and coarse filtered.
Colour: Crimson with purple edges.
Aroma: Intense dark fruit, Black Doris plum and blueberry, forest floor and cloves and spices.
Palate: Up front tannins with Shitake mushroom and dark fruit. Finishes with dark fruit sweetness.
Cellar: 7- 10 years
Serve at 16-17°C
Winemaker: Kim Crawford