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Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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Hand picked, this is a structured rich and elegant Pinot Noir with dark cherry, chocolate, spice and smoky oak aromas. Smooth dark fruit on the palate finishes with freshness and a lovely full tannin structure. We made a smaller amount of wine this year to focus on the style. This will be a great wine to follow as it ages and develops, having the structure and elegance to open and evolve with careful cellaring. This wine is dedicated to Ben Roiri who has been working with the great people, vines and land at our Home Block in Waipara Valley since 2000. Cheers!

2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR

Garnet red.

NOSE

Dark cherries and chocolate with five spice and a touch of smoky oak aromas.

PALATE

Rich, dark fruit flavours stay through to the finish. This is backed up with a lovely complete tannin structure that keeps the wine tight and fresh.

SERVE

Room temperature in a large, generous glass.

PEAK DRINKING

Cellaring 10 years +

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

Beautiful with lamb, duck or roasted red meats.

WINE ANALYSIS

ALCOHOL VOLUME

13.5%

ACIDITY

5.97 g/L

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.4 g/L

WINE BACKGROUND

VINTAGE REGION

59% The Mound Vineyard, 41% The Home Block Vineyard.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring withouth any frost set backs. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into an early flower set, the earliest on our records and also one of the best. The summer and ripening season were dry and cool. Through the growing season we had 230mm of rain, the hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Pinot Noir

MATURATION

The handpicked fruit was fully de-stemmed for a 7 day cold soak, then warmed and wild fermented for 7 days. The wine was then left on skins for 3 weeks before draining and pressing. After settling the wine was transferred to barrel, where it remained until Spring for MLF. After blending the wine spent a further 6 months in barrel before settling in tank for another four months before bottling. 100% barrel matured, 30% new.

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