2016 Rock Ferry Mid Hill Pinot Noir NEW RELEASE
Bendigo Hill, Central Otago
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.
The 3 clones (115, Abel and 777) were hand harvested, hand sorted and then destemmed. The fruit was co-fermented using the indigenous yeast, and left on skins for 17 days post ferment. The free run wine was then transferred to 3 year French oak barriques (33% new) where it underwent indigenous MLF in spring and matured for 20 months in total. The wine was then racked off its lees, lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration.
The nose shows deep dark fruit aromas, with notes of wild thyme, violets and licorice. The palate has great fruit density and a line of acidity that provides structure and balance. Chalky tannins frame great concentration of fruit and a fantastic long finish. This wine shows excellent ageing potential of 10+ years.
Alc 13.5%, TA 5.3g/l, pH 3.54, RS Dry
“Come all ye wine collectors. The same wine can be purchased with any of four different labels created by artist John Reynolds. That's a first in my experience. It is packaged in a bottle that weighs over one kilo and has a wax capsule. This is serious pinot noir that lives up to its fancy packaging. Made from grapes selected in the mid-slope of their Bendigo vineyard. It's a dense, ripe wine with plum, dark cherry, fresh herb, wood-smoke and spicy oak flavours. While it can be enjoyed now it will reward those who can keep it for a few years. Drink 2020 to 2026.” – Bob Campbell rated 96/100 points