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2019 Amungula Creek Pinot Noir

With a fence to keep the kangaroos  that destroyed the 2018 crop out of the vineyard, we had a successful budburst for 2018/19 vintage  on schedule around October 1st. It was a dryer than average winter, but of relatively normal temperature, but things warmed up quickly in mid October. Given the lack of rain and warm temperatures, we needed to start watering early. Flowering was typical in the 2nd-half of November, with temperatures warmish, but in the zone of normality. We received some much needed rain starting in mid-December, but the warmish weather turned to extreme in January with Maipenrai hitting 40C for the first time in its history on January 16th. January had 21 days at Maipenrai over 30C - by far the hottest month we had ever had - although that weather was again eclipsed in 2020. With water we kept the vineyard happy - and this type of heat made the berries small, and slowed the growing season down a bit so that veraison (when grapes turn colour) happened at a fairly typical time of Feb 2nd. The ripening period was much more civilised with respect to temperature -  warm compared to normal- but not hot. We picked 2.5tonnes of grapes on March 17th, and purchased another 1.6 tonnes from a vineyard on Lake George. The Amungula Creek Pinot Noir is made mainly from the Lake George fruit, with some Maipenrai Vineyard fruit also added.

The 2019 Amungula Creek Pinot Noir has a medium ruby colour, with a classic Pinot nose - just a hint of barnyard, with aged cedar and dried meat notes. On the palate, it is light to medium bodied, crisp, with a lingering finish. As per our style, this wine represents the savoury side of Pinot, with a touch of strawberry fruit, a hint of sandalwood, all supported by refined oak that remains in the background.

2017 Maipenrai Pinot Noir (Sold Out)

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.