Wet windy conditions through the preceding winter and early spring lead to lower than average crops in 2017. A cool dry summer extended the growing season, with above average temperatures in autumn providing ideal ripening. The wines resulting from this unique season are elegant and gentle, with lovely fragrance and finely balanced tannins. The elevated natural acidity across all styles and varieties gives wines from this a freshness that makes them delicious now, but will also see them live for many years to come.
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.
This Pinot Noir show lifted earthy aromas over elegant underlying fruits. The palate is a complex blend of ripe cherry and red plum flavours, framed by smooth savour tannins.
Slow roated rack of Lamb, Hare Royale or Coq au vin braised with a few drops of the Pinot Noir would be the perfect accompaniment.