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 2002 growing season was the coolest ever recorded in the Hills however, thankfully, Autumn was near average warmth and this saved the day. The harvest of Pinot Noir was our latest ever on April 16th. The grapes from each of our vineyards were were ripe, dry and full of flavour, with high acid levels and intense fruit.
Crop levels were low at 1.2 kg per vine ensuring concentration of flavour..
AromaLifted plum fruit with hints of earth and spice.
PalateRipe fruit, complex and supple. Generously flavoured and a lingering, drying savoury tannin on the finish.
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 2005 to 2008.
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
Intense, fragrant, spicy/foresty aromas; a long, intense and very savoury palate.