Stanners Vineyard - 2021 Pinot Noir
The grapes for our 2021 Pinot Noir are from the Narrow Rows and the other blocks of our own vineyard plus some from the Devil’s Wishbone vineyard here in the County. The 2021 growing season was overall on the cool side and in cooler years the pinot noir is more floral, with bright fruit flavours and less tannin than in the hotter years. The grapes were destemmed to whole berries without crushing and fermented in one tonne bins for about two to three weeks. After gently pressing, the wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 13 months. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur naturally during aging to impart smoothness. To avoid oxidation, wine from the barrels was moved to a tank by gas pressure with as little disturbance as possible before bottling.
Our non-interventionist approach in the winery has resulted in an elegant and interesting Pinot Noir that reflects the County terroir – aromas and bright flavours of rose, cedar and cherry, soft but plentiful tannins and nicely balanced acidity.
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