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) .
Following an unusually cool March we were blessed with a marvellous warm sunny April and this, combined with our low crop level, ensured the highest sugar levels we have ever achieved in our red grapes. Ripeness is crucial for richness of flavour and our experience has been that the warm sunny vintages such as 1997 produce our finest red wines.
Our pinot was harvested on the 19th of April.
This was our first “commercial” harvest of a little over 1 tonne from our 1020 vines.
AromaRipe plum fruit with hints of leather and spice.
PalateIntensely flavoured with the fruit and subtle oak apparent on the nose carrying through to the palate. Ripe, complex and interesting. Generous on the middle palate and a lingering, drying tannin on the finish. Textured and rich, concentrated but not heavy in flavour.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Variety100% Pinot Noir
Oak Maturation36 months in French oak barriques. All from forests in the centre of France. 50% new oak.
Being the first Pinot we have made time will tell but the elements are there: freshness, complexity and tannin. I am sure that the wine will improve for many years.
Ideal with red meats (duck, veal or venison would be marvellous) but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own.
Best between 14 and 20°C