The first Pinot produced from our vineyard at Lenswood was in 1996 (1 barrique only). The Pinot vines were first planted in 1992 and, now we have 3 acres planted; one acre each of three clones in our warmest vineyard sites.
First planted was D5V12 which tends to set more crop than desirable, but when rigorously thinned, produces lovely flavours and the vines, although young, are able to fully ripen their tiny crop.
Our one acre produced 4 barriques in 1998 which represents 1.25 tonnes for the acre. (22hl/ha) .
A combination of low crop and warm weather in February and March leading up to harvest brought the grapes to maturity early Harvest occurred on the 8th of March our earliest picking of any variety ever. Ripe grapes with good natural acid and lovely flavour were picked. The crop level was just 1kg of fruit per vine.
AromaLifted plum fruit with hints of earth and spice.
PalateRipe fruit, complex and supple. Generously flavoured and a lingering, drying savoury tannin on the finish.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Variety100% Pinot Noir
Oak Maturation12 months in French oak barriques. All from forests in the centre of France. 50% new oak.
Freshness and complexity with a firm tannin foundation are fundamental requisites for ageing any wine. I am sure this wine will age beautifully. Best drinking 2004 to 2008.
Ideal with red meats but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own.
Best between 14 and 20°C.