2019 Singlefile Small Batch Porongurup Pinot Noir
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VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The 2019 season saw lower rainfall and a later ripening season than usual. While a challenging vintage for some varieties, 2019 ended up being a fantastic season for pinot noir for those that have been diligent in vineyard management and had the kind touch of Mother Nature.
Produced from fruit planted on a mature pinot noir vineyard in the Porongurup sub-region of the Great Southern, the fruit is a mix of three clones, being 777, 114 and 115. At harvest the fruit was handpicked and chilled overnight to prevent oxidation and to retain the vineyard’s natural flavours. Approximately 40% of the fruit was whole-bunch pressed into a small open fermenter. The fruit was hand plunged twice daily and pressed after seven days on the skins – roughly halfway through ferment, which was completed in a new French oak hogshead following regular batonage. It was aged on full yeast solids. This wine wasn’t fined or filtered (only natural settling) before bottling.
On the nose expect a blend of aromatics that include strawberries, cranberries and cherries with subtle smoky oak and dark chocolate characters. The palate displays a well-structured and complex Pinot Noir. It is a wine with good intensity where the red fruits, oak and dark chocolate characters are joined with nice herbaceous and savoury notes with subtle chalky tannins. It has a very long after taste. This wine is drinking well now but will reward with patience.