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Red Wine - Wide Open Road Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is dead sexy. Enigmatic, because it requires the right vineyard sites in cooler regions and is unforgiving of sloppy viticulture. Inspiring, because it does not conform to formulaic winemaking but requires imagination as much as experience. Frustrating as the slightest mistake can have disastrous consequences. When everything comes together the resultant wines are seductive, addictive and memorable.
The 2021 Wide Open Road is sourced from our Mount Barker vineyard, which is exclusively clone 115. While still young plantings, a moderate crop and excellent growing conditions (cool, dry) achieved great typicity and natural acidity. We hand picked a component for whole bunch fermentation.
In the winery the we destemmed to open top fermenters with approximately 10% whole bunches. The wild yeast ferments were slow and cool, hand plunged and lasted 12 days before pressing. Wild malolactic fermentation then occurred in puncheon (500L) and the wine was stored on lees (sediment) for 3 months. Clears were racked off the top and the wine was bottled without finings or filtration.
The 2021 Wide Open Road is vibrant, primary and succulent. Red berries, cherries and briary elements have savoury tomato leaf complexity. The juicy raspberry bonbon and cherry fruit driven palate is balanced with sappy tannin. The wine is slightly cloudy but hasn’t been bruised by filtration, allowing for release in June 2021.
Great as an aperitif, try with smoked salmon or field mushrooms in garlic and butter.