The Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is the archetype of our farm, having evolved from the vineyard sites with the most repute and refinement. Through the years every aspect of these vineyards has been detailed and fine-tuned so as to illustrate their authenticity and is the embodiment of our relationship with this farm.
Each vineyard has developed signature attributes, providing us with further insight into the complexity, texture and subtle variation in each of these vineyards’ wines. They all lie mid-slope in duplex soil with restrained vigour. Various expanses of iron rich clay allow retention of enough water and nutrients to safeguard the vines from any stress. Highest of all near the winery the clay is shallow and the gravel fragments larger, articulating into wines with darkened fruit and sturdy backbone. Following the slope below these vineyards, the soil is deeper and finer in texture, where the roots search for the clay. The wines here appear with more red fruit and opulence.
This wine represents the soil of the entire farm. The fine-textured Granite translates into a delicately structured wine, every bit as intense as Pinot Noir at its authentic best: Seductive, soft handed and persistent.
Layered and dense fruit of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and Turkish delight alludes to the varied vineyard parcels. The fresh, dewy lift and full sweet violets on the nose conveys the clarity of Mrs. M vineyard in Granite soil. The broad, chewy texture engulfs the palate; framed by the thicker tannins of Windansea vineyard; leaching soft spices of cinnamon, clove and fennel in the finish.
Maturation & Bottling
Matured for 11 months in barrique (228L) barrels produced in Burgundy and custom made for the various vineyards. Tighter grained oak is preferred for subtle flavour, with longer seasoning and slower, lower temperature toasting. New oak comprises 29%. The wine is racked to stainless steel tanks for another 5 months of élevage. No fining or filtration, and a sulphur adjustment before bottling.
BEST DRINKING 2 – 15 years
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