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) .
The 2003 season was a excellent. The growing season was free from extremes of temperature and Autumn was cool with no significant rain to upset the harvest. Our Pinot Noir was picked on the12th of April. Crop levels were approx 2 kg per vine with excellent concentration of flavour.
AromaLifted cherry fruit with hints of plum and spice. Typically Pinot fragrance.
PalateRipe fruit, complex and supple. Generously flavoured and a lingering, drying savoury tannin on the finish. Fine and delicate.
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 2006 to 2009.
Ideal with red meats but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own. Being unfiltered, it is best decanted before serving.
Best between 14 and 20°C
- 2006 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Light to medium-bodied; savoury/foresty/stemmy complexity; red berries on the mid-palate; long finish, not over extracted.