2023 Run Free by Singlefile Pinot Noir
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The fruit for this Pinot Noir is from our two Great Southern pinot noir vineyards in the Mount Barker and Denmark sub-regions.
The fruit was picked, destemmed and cold soaked for two days in small open fermenters. A portion of the juice underwent a wild yeast fermentation, the remainder, after the introduction of an indigenous yeast strain. Once fermentation was underway 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 as the fermentation came to an end.
Upon completion of the primary fermentation the wine was then transferred to barrels for malolactic fermentation, allowing for the soft integration of the juice and oak.
The wine was bottled in November 2023.
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.