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5 April 2018
Little Hampton, Macedon Ranges
This single vineyard site at Little Hampton near Trentham, sits at 730m above sea level, which is one of the coolest in the Macedon Ranges. Good spring rains set the season up in the Macedon Ranges. Soil moisture continued through to harvest. The dry summer allowed fruit to be harvested on phenolic and flavour ripeness alone, a rare treat in the Macedon Ranges. Fruit was handpicked in pristine condition.
Hand harvested fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily hand plunging to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine
was pressed then racked into second use French hogsheads and puncheons where it rested and grew. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in February 2019.
Deep purple with a deep crimson hue.
Floral violets, lavender and rose petal waft from
the glass, bolstered by plum and raspberry fruits. Further complexities reveal themselves, such as cardamom, cassis and sarsaparilla. Mineral aspects including gunpowder and graphite provide intrigue. Given time in the glass the Little Hampton’s signature aromatics intensify and seduce the drinker gracefully.
Raspberry, plum and cherry sap fruits fall immediately onto the palate. Complexed with game meats, graphite and some white pepper. A focused and mineral core has drive, vibrancy and poise. Fine and lacey tannins frame the complex cardamom spice and subtle fruits. The wine has energy and lift that can only been seen in high altitude, cool climate Pinot Noir.
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