Made only in the best years, this wine is a showcase of just how good Pinot Noir from the Tamar Valley can be. It has mouth-filling flavours of raspberry and blueberries.
The fruit flavours are balanced by a good concentration of fine, soft, silky tannins and enough acidity to give definition to the finish which is long and persistent with lingering ripe fruit.
The wine is drinking well now and with careful cellaring will develop more complex and savoury characters over time in bottle. Cellar 8-10 years.
96 points Halliday Wine Companion
Recommended food pairings: This flavoursome pinot noir makes a versatile accompaniment to a great variety of foods. It would be delightful with venison back strap, a light red wine jus and steamed greens. It is also fantastic with Comte cheese and seeded crackers.
Growing Conditions: Pinot Noir has its origins in eastern France where it is responsible for the region’s famed red wines. It can be a temperamental and frustrating variety. Ripening early and low yielding, it is susceptible to excessive heat and cold and prone to large clonal variations. Pinot Noir is very sensitive to overcropping and vines with excessive crops struggle to ripen their grapes.
Winemaker: Tom Wallace
Winemaking notes: The majority of this wine was destemmed into small open top stainless steel fermenters. Here they generally cold soak on skins for 5-7 days, before natural yeast start fermentation. Ferments are run up to 30 degrees and pump overs carried out up to four times per day. A smaller component was 100% whole bunch fermented with wild yeast. It was plunged in the traditional way of foot treading. Post ferment the wine is separated from the skins with a traditional French basket press, and after 48 hours settling they are run to French oak barriques for maturation, of which 16% are new. In Spring the barrels warm up and go through Malolactic fermentation. After 10 months in barrel, each individual block is sampled and only the best are identified, blending is then undertaken in the winery, and the two clones chosen in 2019 were D4V2 and MV6. The wine finished with an Alcohol of 13%. Vegan-friendly.
Tyson Stelzer 12/08/2021 96 points
03/09/2021 Bronze Medal
“From Kayena Vineyard, Tamar Valley, 22% whole bunches. Matured in 16% new French oak barrels. The distinguished side of Tamar pinot: sensitive, elegant and sophisticated. A captivating air of rose petal and potpourri. Unashamedly red-fruited, celebrating a vibrant core of morello cherry, spicy raspberry and strawberry hull, nuanced with a hint of white pepper. Whole bunches and barrels played gently and eloquently. Fine-grained tannins grace an outstanding finish. Tom Wallace’s delicate side is something to behold, and has yielded my top Tasmanian pinot of the year!”
Tyson Stelzer 12/08/2021
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