There’s a physical aspect to making Pinot Noir that demands a close-up, hands-on connection between winemaker and fruit. It begins with hand harvest and intensifies throughout the following weeks of fermentation management before rolling to barrel for the long months of relative quiet and gradual evolution. Imbedded in this process is a genuine sense of work, of craft and perhaps even art. Each vintage of our Pinot Noir bears a clear imprint of the season that has shaped it. Characters of colour, aroma, fruit flavour and structure each convey part of this complex story. Indeed, by adopting a light-handed winemaking approach, we aim to allow the wine to express itself honestly.
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2019 Greenhough ‘Stone’s Throw’ Pinot Noir
A combination of machine and hand harvested fruit from the Home and Morison Vineyards Vineyard, both managed organically. A young block of Abel clone is currently in conversion to organic certification. The composition of this wine is weighted towards the Dijon 667, 777, 115 and 114 clones which generally provide an attractive fragrance and vibrant, red-fruited elegance. Average vine age for this blend is 15 years.
Winemaking is very similar to that of the Hope Vineyard Pinot though there is less time on skins for some batches with a view to preserving fruit focus and moderating extraction of tannins. Similarly the level of both new and one year old oak is carefully managed so that it plays a subtle, supportive role. It is important to us that the style of this wine is neither over-ripe nor overly structured. Together with its brambly, red-fruited freshness, the wine has a lightness and poise. This characteristic signature is present here in spite of the added level of ripeness and vigour that the excellent 2017 vintage has provided. Attractively aromatic. Summer berry-fruits, citrusy, floral notes and a lightly spiced, herbal fragrance. Suggestive of the outdoors. Earth, mushroom notes evolve as the wine opens in the glass. The palate is vibrant and brightly red-fruited with a light spicy savouriness and supple structure of well-bound tannins. There is a depth in the exotic guava and quince which have a secondary, preserve-like richness. A refreshing plum-skin tanginess and chalky, minerality balances these ripper flavours.
Previous Vintage 2017
“A blend of neighbouring vineyards, the 2017 Stone’s Throw Pinot Noir is exceptionally fragrant and silky. offering up hints of smoked bacon, various savory spices, floral notes and dark berries. It’s medium-bodied, with delicate tannins that are just present enough to give the wine shape on the palate without interfering with its early consumption. Pretty and complex, it should be consumed over the next few years.” 92/100 Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, April 2020
2019 Hope Vineyard Pinot Noir
This single vineyard pinot is made only in the best vintages from selected clonal parcels of fruit across the home blocks in Hope. They have been certified organic since 2011. It’s exact composition varies from year to year though our oldest vines, (UCD5 and AM 10/5) form the basis of the blend. More recently a portion of 100% whole bunch fermented fruit has become an integral part of the wine style, imparting floral aromatic lift and lithe tannins that are present and precision.
All fruit was hand harvested and chilled overnight. Sixty percent was de-stemmed to small open fermenters while the remaining portion was 100% whole-bunch fermented. Total time on skins ranged from 13-20 days with gentle hand plunging of the cap during the alcoholic fermentation. Pressed, briefly settled and run to French oak barriques 15% new, where it remained for 10 months, naturally completing malo during the following spring. The selected batches were blended and allowed to rest in tank before bottling un-fined and only lightly filtered.
Bright, floral and light spice notes with a hint of youthful reduction on the nose.The palate is full and richly fruited showing dark cherry and red plum. Notable structure is nicely imbedded from start to end. There’s a generous, joyous character and energy to the wine with balance between grip, freshness and bright lush fruit.
Previous Vintage – 2017
“The 2017 Hope Vineyard Pinot Noir contains 30% whole bunches so its showing a bit of steaminess at this early point in its evolution. But they add attractive spice and tea elements to the cherry fruit in this medium-bodied wine. It’s silky in feel yet firm, hinting at roses on the long, elegant finish. It’s a real accomplishment in a challenging year.” 93/100 Joe Czerwinski – The Wine Advocate