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3 March 2017
Longest View, Bellarine Peninsula
A wet winter and cool spring set up the season by having good flushes of vine growth. Crop levels were modest. A long and cool ripening season led to high concentration of flavours, while still retaining vibrancy.
Hand harvested fruit was carefully destemmed into small open fermenters. A natural ferment started after two days on skin. The open fermented was hand plunged for a week until the wine was dry. It was then gently pressed and sent to the underground cellar. Maturation was in new and used French oak Puncheons for nine months prior to racking and bottling in late December 2017.
Dark red with bright purple hues and brilliant clarity.
This maritime site is reflected in the glass with the Pinot showing maraschino cherry, bay leaf, cardamon, complexed by game meats.
Dark fruits explode onto the palate, giving instant appeal. The fruits are complexed with cured meats and pithy tannins with richness and warmth. The palate flows on leaving you with spice and cherry flavours long after the wine has left the mouth. A great example of a cool climate, maritime Pinot Noir.
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