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2015 Maipenrai Pinot Noir - Maipenrai Vineyard [Sold Out]

The 2014/15 season was one of the least complicated vintages in a long time. Good winter rains, normal budburst, and warm, but not hot weather. Indeed, the hottest day of the vintage, was on November 23rd when we hit 37.4C, and the temperature never again exceeded 33C.  A huge fruit set - not just on our vines, but throughout the district -  meant we had to remove excess fruit - a welcome change to the previous 5 vintages!  We picked 5.5 tonnes of close to perfect fruit on March 15th - our largest crop ever (but still only 2.2 tonnes/acre).  Our vintage (as well as some astronomy) was featured on ABC Landline

Vinification was very easy for these wines with the wild ferments sailing through in record time. We used approximately 30% whole bunches given the ripeness of the stems, and pressed the wines after 10 days.  Stored in French Oak (1/3rd new)  for 22 months - the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The 2015 Maipenrai Pinot Noir has a complex, intense, earthy nose that jumps out of the glass. On the palate, its savoury and meaty, with some plums.  The wine is supported by a bit of grippy tannin which will ease over time, and should provide a 10 year+ drinking window. Good to try now, but will be even better in a couple of years.

2015 Amungula Creek Pinot Noir - [Sold Out]

The 2015 Amungula Creek is a 50:50 mix of fruit from Maipenrai vineyard, and another nearby vineyard. It has a brickish red hue, and a brambly nose with some dried meat and spice. On the palate, its complex gamy and savoury character is set within a medium body of plummy fruit. The wine has a nice tannin line that defines the palate, but due to 22 months in barrel, is ready to drink now. I expect it to continue to improve over the next 5 years, and be drinking well for at least a decade.