2017 Wizard Pinot Noir
Goes well with venison
The lighter tannin structure and the earthy, spicy characters in our Pinot Noir make it a great match for the rich gamey flavours of venison.
Local venison producers.
Although we take a pretty natural approach with all of our wines, the approach to making this wine was for minimal intervention. This wine is slowly evolving to include more of the new clones of Pinot that we have planted over the past 10 years. In particular, the MV6 and 115 add structure and elegance respectively to our older D5V12 clone which still makes up the base of this wine. 30% whole bunches were included in the ferments which was done in small open top fermenters. The ferments were allowed to start naturally and were then hand plunged up to 5 times a day. The wine was then basket pressed directly to barrel. Whilst we make wine specifically for the Wizard starting at pruning time the previous year we also have barrel selection tasting to ensure we select only the best barrels. We did this in January of 2018 and 20 barrels (60% new oak, 40% 1 year old) were chosen for this wine. The wine stayed in oak for a further 4 months and was bottled in May 2018.
This is a beautiful, more structured style of Pinot noir. The complex and fragrant nose shows dark cherry and plum fruit characters, with some attractive spice and earthy characters. The palate is firm and savoury as a result of the whole bunch fermentation and new oak, but has lovely dark fruit characters which will continue to open up over time.