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Release of the 2017 Maipenrai Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT

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We have sold OUT as of 9.30pm

I am pleased to release our 2017 Maipenrai Pinot Noir which will sell out quickly.

The 2016/17 season began with the wettest spring in memory, and the vines got a great start in a cool/mild spring, that turned warm by December. January was dry and the hottest on record (a record that was shattered again this year), with the conditions continuing warm and dry through the first half of February. We ended up losing a lot of the fruit that had set on the vines due to lack of water. The weather moderated mid-February with the ripening period post veraison picture perfect - mild temperatures, not much rain, but just enough to keep things ticking a long. We had a very low crop again off the vineyard, and purchased some outstanding fruit from two nearby vineyards.

Our ferments were uneventful, although peak fermentation temperatures were a little cooler than normal. We used 20% whole bunches and pressed the wines after 14 days after they were crushed. Stored in French Oak (50% new) for 22 months - the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Deep ruby in appearance, on the nose the 2017 Maipenrai Pinot Noir has some sweet raspberries along with the quintessential forest floor. Medium bodied, very sophisticated, the wine has some berries, dried meat, oak all supported by a lingering line of tannin. A wine that will benefit with some aging, it should really start to show off in a couple of years, and age gracefully for 10-20 years after that. This wine is in the mould of the 2009 and 2010 vintages, perhaps a bit more sophisticated, although not quite as big.

$210 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.