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) .
March 1999 leading up to harvest was about average in warmth but with above average rainfall. Thankfully when harvest occurred on the 6th of April was conducted on a cool overcast day but with no rain. Ripe, dry grapes (13.7 Be) with good natural acid and lovely flavour were picked.
AromaRipe cherry fruit with hints of wild berries.
PalateIntensely 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. Mouthfilling generosity on the middle palate and a lingering, subtle with a drying tannin on the finish. Generous but not heavy flavour; long and supple.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Variety100% Pinot Noir
Oak Maturation15 months in French oak barriques. All from forests in the centre of France. 50% new oak.
The elements are for ageing well are there: freshness and complexity with a firm tannin foundation. I am sure that the wine will develop beautifully. Best drinking 2002 to 2006.
Ideal with red meats but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own.
Best between 14 and 20°C