- Tasting Notes
- Growing Season
Medium ruby with a light purple tinge
Beetroot, cranberry, red cherry and red currant mingle with earthy forrest floor and ungrowth notes.
Long and layered, the palate opens with more mixed red fruits and crunchy, cranberry like acidity. The tannins are chewy at this stage and they work with the acidity and earthy notes to give the wine plenty of length and aging potential.
To look at just the numbers it could be concluded that 2010 was a warm growing season, but the timing of winds and cold weather were critical in defining the season and thus the wine in this bottle. A cold November let to a slow flowering so fruit was not set until early December. Summer was hot but winds reduced sunlight accumulation and wore out basal leaves by early autumn. This gave the ripening fruit ample access to soft autumn light and enabled us to pick fruit with delicate fruit flavours and lovely structure.
The fruit was destemmed, chilled and then cold soaked for 48 hours. The must was then moved into the sun to warm and the ferment began naturally. Most batches finished ferment in 10 to 14 days and the wine was then pressed off to settling tanks for two to three days for malolactic fermentation to begin. The wine was then racked to old French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and elevage on light lees.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate ( #201 June, 2012)
Pale ruby colored, the 2010 Pinot Noir gives pronounced notes of warm cranberries, cherry preserves and violets with nuances of Provence herbs, lavender and damp leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it gives a good amount of red berry and earth flavors in the mouth, with a low level of silky tannins to support crisp acidity and a medium to long finish. Drink it now to 2015. 87 Points
Translucent crimson red colour with light brick red hue. The nose possesses good intensity with aromas of ripe dark cherries, strawberries, meaty cedar and spice. Light weight with a soft palate texture the wine has flavours of dark cherries and strawberries followed by some gamey earth characters and lightly spiced cedar. Velvet smooth tannins with aftertaste of dark cherries, gamey cedar, earth and spice. Drink over the next 2-3 years. Alc 13% 91 points