2016 Garden Pinot Noir

2016 Garden Pinot Noir


The Wine.
This 2016 pinot noir is a continuation of the whole bunch ferment story at Moorooduc Estate. The Garden Vineyard, across the hill from us, is owned by the McFall family and has been leased and run by Moorooduc Estate for over ten years. Fruit was hand picked and whole bunches placed directly into the fermenter. The stems were ripe and so added savouriness and structure.

Bright garnet in colour, the nose displays beautifully integrated aromas from the whole bunch fermentation. Campari and orange rind combine with roasted meat juices, chopped sage, thyme and rosemary, and some pomegranate tang. We experience more Campari, pomegranate and orange on the palate. The wine has firm and fine tannins, lovely balance and length. Delicious!

Pair to a large plate of perfectly seared frenched lamb cutlets – the Italians call them ‘scottaditti’ – translating as ‘burn your fingers’!

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The 2016 Vintage.
Another lovely vintage, generous in style and quality. The even conditions this vintage lead to wines of power and structure, with a lovely core of fruit. While the 2015 wines were all about fruit purity and high natural acidity, our 2016 wines are about rich, ripe fruit and phenolics resulting in intense ripe, structured wines which should, like the 2015’s, cellar well for many years.

Winemaker: Richard McIntyre
Viticulturist: Hugh Robinson
Vineyards: 100% Garden vineyard

Hand harvesting, 100% whole bunch fermented
100% wild yeast primary fermentation
20 days total on skins
Natural malolactic fermentation in barrel
100% French oak maturation, 25% new
17 months in wood with 1 racking
No fining and no filtration

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