Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir 2012
Like 2009 the harvest was more leisurely as the flavours came on gradually and we had plenty of time to watch and wait. In the end the appearance of low level shrivel caused us to start bringing the fruit in. 2012 was a landmark vintage for us, as it was the first year the chardonnay reached full Grade A Organic status.
bright ruby with a light purply/watermelon coloured hue
Lifted aromas of pomegranate, red cherries, roses and turkish delight mingle with exotic foresty notes of cinnamon and bracken.
On the palate it becomes plain how young this wine is. Tannins and acid are tightly wound together and the finish is firm and grippy. There are also citrus peel notes and other darker fruits present, but the wine needs time to unfurl and soften.
Lots of factors make working with Gippsland fruit interesting, and this year was no exception. This year we had shorter skin contact times that usual, mostly due to the very intense nature of the fruit tannins. <br>The fruit was destemed and crushed but it became increasingly evident that the phenolic structure of the fruit was delicate and the downside risk of extracting greener tannins had to managed. As usual the ferments were allowed to begin naturally but we made more effort this year to work the skins whilst trying to keep the ferment temperatures low. This had the desired effect and minimal green tannins were extracted and the ripe tannins we did extract were fine grained and grippy. Again, we were forced to deviate from our preferred approach and the wine was racked on multiple occasions prior filtration and bottling. This year we bottled a small amount without any filtration at all. Please contact us, if you are interested in ordering this wine.
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