Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir 2013

The 2013 growing season started with the usual jitters of winds and rains in September but certainly no worse than 2011 and 2012. From October onwards conditions became dry by Leongatha standards and this persisted through to harvest – surely the dullest, most uneventful growing season for years. Early autumn was hot and this prompted us to prepare to start harvest a fortnight earlier than 2012. After a hot spell concluded on the 12th of March we started picking small amounts by hand through to early April. The careful but leisurely pace gave us the chance to pick fruit across a wide range of flavour spectrums.

Colour

bright medium crimson

Nose

The bouquet is highly floral and scented with perfumed red fruits raspberries and rose petals.

Palate

The vibrant and elegant palate flavours provide richness, subtlety and restraint. A balanced use of oak supports the punch of primary fruit without overwhelming and delivers a wine that is powerful in fruit flavour, layered and complex.

From the beginning this fruit offered an abundance of flavour and structure and the mission was to gently capture these elements rather than to work the fruit too hard. Most of the ferments were de-stemmed whole berries and as usual the fermentation and malo-lactic were carried out with indigenous yeasts and bacteria. Some batches finished ferment in oak whilst others spend a fortnight on skins post ferment. The wine then spent 18 months in oak before a light filtration and then bottling.

$168.00

Price per 6 pack

Out of stock

1 review for Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir 2013

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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown (eRobertParker.com #217)

    Pale ruby colored, the 2013 Pinot Noir is scented of fresh cranberries and redcurrants with a gentle lift of fragrant herbs and rose petals plus a hint of tree bark. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the palate with elegant red berry and earthy flavors supported by lively acid and nicely firm, fine-grained tannins. It finishes with very good length.

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