Joan Pinot Noir

  • Joan Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

    The Pinot Noir was picked from the same block a week earlier than the Chardonnay, from a cool protected area in a gully which protects the fruit and retains natural acidity. The fruit was hand picked, all at once, across 3 parts of the blocks with 3 different clones, 114/115 and MV6 all offering a different layer to the wine. In the winery, all the fruit is destemmed to retain whole berries, and then some of the stalks were added back to the ferment (around 10%) to create some stalk tannin for structure. Fermented in 1000L wooden vats with a wooden board on top to keep the skins submerged during the fermentation. Pressed off to stainless steel and then racked to 50% new french hogshead and 50% old french hogsheads for elevage. This is racked off lees after 16 months in barrel to tank for another 6 months. A small addition of sulphur is added to the tank before being bottled. This wine delivers wild mushroom and forest berries on the nose with well integrated cedary oak, long soft tannins on the palate with the wild forest berries coming through, a long flavour profile which opens up even more after being decanted and left for an hour before drinking.