In the time leading up to the 2018 vintage, the vines were slow to wake up. Below average temperatures in July, August and September resulted in a late bud burst, and left us wondering if we were facing a long-drawn-out vintage. Things started to heat up from October onwards however, delivering above average spring and early summer temperatures, and one of the earliest harvests we have seen at Delamere. These unusual conditions produced solid crop levels with gorgeous flavour intensity, coupled with racy acidity. Flavour ripeness came on quickly, so it was all backs to the grindstone in a race against time as a compressed vintage unfolded before us. We are pleased to say that our hard work and long nights prevailed and we emerged out the other side of vintage spent but fulfilled, and above all delighted with our 2018 wines. We hope you will enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoyed making them.
The fruit for the 2018 Pinot Noir is sourced from specific growers around the Tamar Valley and released under the side-project label Naissante.
Naissante was born from the opportunity to work with a number of interesting, high-quality vineyards around Tasmania
Made using the same approach as the Delamere Pinot Noir, the wine sees hand harvesting, wild yeast fermentation, 30% whole bunch inclusion, hand plunging and matured in French barriques.
Rounded and juicy showing ripe cherry and strawberry characteristics. A subtle earthiness followed through with notes of sweet spice and smoke, coming together to create a complex and very drinkable wine.
The Naissante Pinot Noir is the perfect match to duck cassoulet with sweet spice!