Sutherland Pinot Noir 2015

This Pinot Noir was aged in French oak barrels for 9 months. The wine is light and clean, with earthy wild strawberry and raspberry flavours, and a perfumed and elegant finish.

Maturation

Will continue improving for 5 years.

Food Pairing

Lightly flavoured dishes, like salmon and tuna, mildly prepared beef, soft cheeses.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Pinot Noir
Root stock 101 – 14
Soil type Tukulu / Glenrosa
Age of vines Planted 2006
Plant density 2058 vines/ha
Trellising 7 wire Perold with moveable foliage wires
Pruning Spur pruning
Yield 4 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage One of the more difficult vintages in recent years. Warm spells of weather, with random rainy periods during the ripening period.
Picking date 5th February 2010
Grape sugar 23.62 °B
Acidity 6.31 g/l
pH at harvest 3.36
Yeasts Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 28 °C
Method De-stalked, hand sorting of berries, crushed, pumped into s/s tanks, pumped over for 5 days, left for 2 days before pressing, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood Maturation 9 months in barrel. 10 % new French oak, balance 3rd and 4th fill barrels.
Residual sugar 1.8 g/l
pH 3.54
Total acid 5.43 g/l
Alcohol 13.5%

This Pinot Noir was aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. The wine is light and clean, with earthy wild strawberry and raspberry flavours, and a perfumed and elegant finish.

All vintages:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2015