At Tamar Ridge, our philosophy for Pinot Noir is based on experimenting and learning.
Our Pinot Noir is planted at our Kayena Vineyard in the Tamar Valley which comprises of over 30 distinct Pinot Noir sites and a dozen different clones of grapes.
For 20 years we have experimented with different blocks, clones and trialled new winemaking techniques and viticultural practices. All these factors influence the flavour and style of our wines.
In that time we have come to know the different parts of the vineyard well.
But our desire to always make better wine drives us to continue to experiment so we can draw the very best out of this wonderful vineyard.
What we learn after each vintage allows us to set a yearly plan for each block on the vineyard. This starts with pruning and is followed right through to harvest.
Once picked, fruit from the individual blocks and clones is fermented separately in a mix of open and closed fermenters.
The wines are then placed into French oak barriques where they are aged for a minimum of 9 months before a final assessment on the wine is made and blend trials carried out.
This is one of the most important steps in the winemaking process and helps us to decide how the various clones taste when blended and what the final wines will taste like.