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 2004 growing season was free from extremes of temperature. Autumn was beautiful with no significant rain to upset the harvest. The Pinot grapes were hand harvested on the 16th of April. The vintage weather was warm and generally dry. Crop levels were just under 2 kg per vine.
AromaLifted cherry fruit with hints of plum, spice and leather. Distinctly Pinot.
PalateRipe fruit, complex juicy and supple. Generously flavoured with a lingering, drying savoury tannin on the finish. Firmly textured.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Variety100% Pinot Noir Approx 50% MV6 clone, 50% D5V12 clone
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 and are feeatures of our 2004.
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