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Release of the 2016 Maipenrai Pinot Noir -SOLD OUT

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I am pleased to release our 2016 Maipenrai Pinot Noir. Very limited in supply, and it will sell out quickly.

2015/16 season started off with good spring rains, typical temperatures, and therefore a welcome return to an October 1st budburst. From there the weather suddenly became abnormally warm, with temperatures in the 30s in the first week of October, with the October average high temps more than 5C warmer than the long-term average - smashing the previous records. The warmth continued through mid December with Temps 3C warmer than average during this period, and we, unfortunately, received very little rain. This caused some unwelcome water stress in our vines and reaked havoc with our yields. The weather moderated from mid-December through mid February, and while still above average, was more or less in the zone of normality. Things heated up again in mid Feb and remained warm through vintage.

The 2016 Maipenrai Pinot Noir is made up from fruit from a blend of our own vineyard fruit and that of nearby Enotria vineyard - formerly known as Domaine Rogha Crois vineyard. We used 30% whole bunches, and aged the wine in 40% new oak for 22 months.

Dark garnet in appearance, on the nose, the 2016 Maipenrai Pinot Noir has some sweet spice, and a touch of herbaceousness. Medium bodied, the wine has some cherry-like fruit, hints of dried meat, and a silky tannin backbone. A sophisticated wine that is easy to drink now, but I suspect will age effortlessly for a decade. To me, seems like a hypothetical blend of our 2008 and 2014 wines.

$200 per case of 6 (includes shipping to NSW, ACT, VIC, Adelaide, or Brisbane - other destinations there is a small charge). Wine will be shipped within 2 weeks by Australian Post.