2017 Reserve de la Cave Pinot Noir

Retail
$130.00
Varieties
Pinot Noir

Description

The 2017 summer was very mild, with La Nina conditions keeping the temperatures low to moderate, and avoiding any extremes of heat. This resulted in a later start, and longer flowering and growing period across the region- by around 2-3 weeks (actually more in line with the historical phenology of the region). We experienced rains mid-February through to March, however our non- irrigated vines were able to flourish, and we were able to produce fruit of exceptional quality – with wonderful colour, tannin, and flavour development.

Our Reserve de la Cave range are produced from the original south facing slope of the Woodlands Vineyard, planted between 1973 and 1976. A maximum of 600 bottles of the Reserve de la Cave Pinot Noir are produced each vintage.

After being handpicked 60% of the fruit was de-stemmed and hand sorted, the other 40% added as whole bunches, into small open fermenters. The must was then left to ferment without adding yeast, spending a total of 30 days on skins. Following fermentation the must was transferred to new French oak for 15 months, before being settled and gently racked prior to bottling.

This is a beguiling wine of brick red colour. On the first reveal the nose shows perfumed primary notes of wild strawberry, rose and cherry cola, with basil and thyme creating a savoury component. On the palate the primary flavours are joined by touches of new leather and sandalwood, while a slight dusty minerality builds an impression of the terroir. The finish is precise and elegant.

This is a medium bodied Pinot with length and firmness, with a refined web of tannin. This wine responds very well to aeration, 24hrs will coax its charm to the surface beautifully.

Pair with;
Wild mushrooms and thyme bruschetta, with fresh burrata
Seared salmon steak with Pinot and blackberry jus
Roasted Chicken breast, pomegranate glaze and pine nuts