The 2016 vintage is characterized by very dry conditions and generally warm temperatures. Budburst commenced early in 2016 with strong canopy growth by January. The result has been wines that have developed ripe flavours at moderate potential alcohol with medium to high natural acidity, providing the backbone, elegance and finesse that defines the Delamere.
The Pinot Noir was hand harvested from over-30 year old vines on the Delamere property. In 2016 we included roughly 30% whole bunches in most of the Delamere Pinot parcels, with each undergoing fermentation with wild yeast in open top vessels. The wine was pressed of after two to three weeks and filled to Burgundian oak to mature. A rich and full mouth-feel results from gentle handling and spending time on lees.
Quintessentially Delamere, with a lifted earthy aroma over elegant red fruits. The palate is a complex mixture of ripe raspberry and red plums framed with firm savoury tannins.
Charred rump of Lamb, Hare Royale or Coq au vin braised with a few drops of the Pinot Noir would be the perfect accompaniment.