2018 Singlefile Single Vineyard Pemberton Pinot Noir
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The pinot noir grape variety is well suited to the cool climate environment of the Pemberton region. The pinot noir fruit from Eastbrook vineyard typically has strong varietal characters. All viticulture and winemaking techniques followed are done so with the goal of promoting the unique characters of the Eastbrook vineyard. In 2018 a mild spring brought about an unusually late start to ripening. Even temperature days and cold nights helped to retain natural acidity in the fruit and allow full flavours to develop.
Harvested on the 13th March 2018, the fruit was picked, gently de-stemmed and then cold soaked for 6 days. A parcel was barrel fermented and underwent natural fermentation in new oak, the remainder went to small open fermenters and then to new and used oak. The wine spent eight months in Francois Frères and Taransaud pinot selection French oak barriques, 42% new, the remainder one and two years old.
A fuller styled pinot with lifted aromas of sour cherries, earthiness and spice. These characters follow through on the palate with a medium weight and textured mouth feel with soft tannins and a long finish. This wine is well suited to complement game meat dishes.
91 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Dec 2016
93 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2012