Rock Ferry Trig Hill Pinot Noir 2012
Bendigo, 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 fruit was hand harvested from the upper slopes of the vineyard, with an elevation between 380 and 420 metres. The aspect is North, North West. The fruit was de stemmed into French oak cuves for natural fermentation with gentle hand plunging. Post ferment maceration was 20 days. It was then racked off into a mixture of seasoned and new (40%) French oak, and a mixture of puncheons and barriques, where it underwent malolatic fermentation and was left to mature for about 17 months. It was then racked off lees and bottled, without filtering or fining. Clones: 70% 115, 20% Abel, 10% 777
This is quite a powerful wine, it has dark plums, boysenberry and spice aromas on the nose while the palate has a fine structure of chalky tannins, ripe concentrated fruit with linear movement. Layers of complexity evolve in the mouth and the wine tails off nicely with a long finish.
Alc 13.9 % TA 5.6g/l pH 3.69 RS Dry
Wine Orbit 5 Stars - An outstanding pinot, the engaging bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, floral and cedar characters with a hint of earthy mushroom. It's concentrated and powerful on the palate with superb mid palate weight and velvety texture, perfectly supported by plenty of polished tannins. It's supple and flavoursome while remaining firmly structured for graceful development. At its best: now to 2022.