2022 Run Free by Singlefile Pinot Noir
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The fruit, from our three Great Southern pinot noir vineyards in the Porongurup, Mount Barker and Denmark sub-regions, was picked, destemmed and cold soaked for about two days in small open fermenters. Once the fermentation was initiated the must was pumped over twice daily with small amounts of oxygen. The temperature was held at about 25°C, then allowed to warm up for the final days of fermentation. Approximately 15% of the juice underwent a wild yeast ferment.
Upon completion of fermentation the wine was then transferred to barrels for malolactic fermentation, allowing a soft integration of the juice and oak tannins. The wine was bottled in October 2022.
The wine displays lifted aromas of sour cherries and spice with savoury notes. The palate is light with subtle texture and cherry flavours supported by well-integrated fine tannins leading to a long elegant finish.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
Top in Category, 93 points, New Release Wine Show, Winestate Magazine, Annual Edition Jan/Feb 2022
Equal Top in Category, New Release Wine Show, Winestate Magazine, May/June 2021
92 points, value rosette, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2020
Gold, 93 points, Wine Showcase Magazine, Jul 2020
17.8 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, Jan 2019
16.0 points, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, Dec 2018
91 points, Ned Goodwin, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
16.75 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Sep 2018
89 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Jul 2018
I have been an avid Pinot drinker for many years and through years of careful practice and research it has become my favourite variety, although I have kissed a few expensive frogs along the way. This wine is on the lighter side in terms of body, structure and alcohol content and beautifully balanced with soft rounded fruit, violets and a hint of smokiness. The best value for money Pinot I can remember.