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2014 3rd Rock Pinot Noir

2014 3rd Rock Pinot Noir

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About the 2014 3rd Rock Pinot Noir

Vineyard & Region

Bendigo, Central Otago.

Tasting Note

Sweet red liquorice, ripe red berry fruit & black dorris plum are leading aromas in this stunningly fragrant pinot, intertwined with hints of cedar, soil & black truffle. The earth & wood notes are sustained onto a lively, bold palate which is dominated by dark, sweet & persistent fruit flavours; Chalky & ripe tannins pleasantly delay the finish of the wine.

Technical:            Alc 13.5 %      TA 5.3g/l        pH 3.62 

Viticulture

Our aim in the vineyard is to grow the best fruit we can so it can speak of its home and express its personality. To do this you need healthy vines and soil. By practicing organics and incorporating some biodynamic principles we believe we are doing our best to help achieve this and let our vineyards evolve and speak as they would like.

Winemaking

The Holy Grail? Maybe, what is exciting about Pinot Noir are the big steps this country is making with this variety. Our Pinot Noir comes from Bendigo, one of the warmest sub regions in Central Otago. Our vineyard is also one of the highest – at 400m above sea level. The vineyard is planted on North/West facing ridges. This is an area of high light and sun exposure due to its aspect. The soils are a mixture of glacial fans – clays and loess over schist rocks on the high ridge and thin loess layers over river gravels on the lower slopes. We are aiming for layers of texture and fine ripe velvet tannins and restrained power. Every year we are learning more about the personality traits of this vineyard, the view is spectacular, and we like what we see coming from this special place. The fruit is de-stemmed into open top French cuves where it cold soaks for a week before it spontaneously ferments lasting about three weeks. It is then pressed off into a mixture of seasoned and new (25%) French oak, where it matures for 12 months before bottling, without filtering or fining. Clones: Abel, 115, 777, 5 & 667.

 

 

2014 3rd Rock Pinot Noir

Estate-grown at a high altitude site at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, the 2014 vintage was matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Deep and youthful in colour, it is mouthfilling, with rich, vibrant cherry, plum and dried-herb flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a fairly firm finish. Powerful, with strong personality, it’s well worth cellaring. 5 Stars - Michael Cooper

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