Rock Ferry 3rd Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Vineyard:

Rock Ferry 3rd Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Region:

Bendigo, Central Otago.

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 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.

Tasting notes:

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 14.0% TA 5.3g/l pH 3.62 RS Dry

Winemaker:

Allan McWilliams

Review:

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* Michael Cooper