Vintage
1998
pH
3.45
Alcohol
14.1
TA
7.7

Other Vintages:

Overview

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) .


Vintage Description

Following a warm March we were faced with a cool and wet April. Despite this our low crop vines fully matured the grapes. Ripeness is crucial for depth of flavour.
We harvested our Pinot on the 17th of April.


Aroma

Ripe cherry/plum fruit with hints of leather and spice.

Palate

Intensely flavoured with the fruit elements and subtle oak apparent on the nose carrying through to the palate. Ripe fruit, complex and interesting with many elements. Some wild and feral characters. Mouthfilling generosity on the middle palate and a lingering, drying tannin on the finish. Textured and generous. Concentrated but not heavy in flavour.

Region

Lenswood, Adelaide Hills

Variety

100% Pinot Noir

Oak Maturation

15 months in French oak barriques. All from forests in the centre of France. 50% new oak.

Cellaring

The elements are for ageing well are there: freshness, complexity and tannin. I am sure that the wine will improve for many years. My guess is that 2002 to 2008 will be the best years for drinking.


Food Suggestion

Ideal with red meats but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own.


Serving Suggestion

Best between 14 and 20°C