A seductive nose of cherry, plum, lilac, incense, cedar, earthy loam and wild thyme. This is an elegant expression of the Bannockburn sub-region with lovely red and blue fruit, camphor and florals supported by fine tannins that are intricately woven around the fresh acidity. This Pinot Noir is laden with perfume and intricate detail,expres sing a gracefulness that is the hallmark of great sites in a cooler growing season. This wine is a pleasure to drink young but will continue to develop for a decade or so, making it a great option for the cellar.
The 2018 - 2019 growing season returned to more classic conditions with warm (but not hot) days and cool nights. Yields were normal with minimal disease pressure and we had the benefit of the classic long hang time. The cool nights helped retain the perfect level of acidity.
Only the very best grapes from vineyards in the well renowned Bannockburn area are selected to produce this ‘Earth and Sky’ Pinot Noir 2019. This wine is a blend of three Bannockburn vineyards ranging from 10 to 19 years old. One of the sites is planted on the sandier soils of Cairnmuir Road and the other two border the Bannockburn Sluicings, a distinctive geographic landmark that is steeped in mining history. The grapes from these vineyards were fermented separately with a range of 0-50% whole clusters with the resulting blend having around 15% whole clusters which aids the tannin structure and aromatics of the wine. The total time on skins ranging from 21-25 days. The wine was aged in fine grain French oak: 22% new and the rest in 2-5 years old barriques for approximately 12 months. The wine was bottled unfined, unfiltered.