Sutherland Pinot Noir 2013

The wine shows pure strawberry fruit aromas and a lovely perfumed forest floor characters and hints of smoky spice. Bright berry fruit and spice on the palate, with a long, refined finish.

Maturation

Will continue improving for 5 years.

Food Pairing

Pinot Noir is a great option for food pairings. It pairs well with lightly flavoured dishes like risotto, salmon and mild beef dishes.

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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 10 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Very hot and dry vintage, resulting in an early start to the picking, with different varieties ripening the same time. A tough vintage for the winery crews!
Picking date 14 -15 February 2013
Grape sugar 22.9 - 23.7 °B
Acidity 5.66 - 6.0 g/l
pH at harvest 3.4
Yeasts Natural occurring yeasts
Fermentation temp 28 °C
Method De-stalked, hand sorting of berries, crushed, pumped into s/s tanks, punched down for 5 days, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Wood Maturation 9 months in barrel. 15 % new French oak, balance 3rd and 4th fill barrels.
Residual sugar 2.6 g/l
pH 3.50
Total acid 5.5 g/l
Alcohol 13.5%
Maturation Should peak around 2019

This Pinot Noir was aged in French oak barrels for 9 months. The wine shows pure strawberry fruit aromas and a lovely perfumed forest floor characters and hints of smoky spice. Bright berry fruit and spice on the palate, with a long, refined finish.

All vintages:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2015