2018 Maddens Rise Pinot Noir
Estate grown, hand-picked and hand-made.
The grapes (a blend of 76% MV6 Pinot Noir and 24% 777 Pinot Noir clones) were hand-picked and hand selected over a sorting table prior to destemming and tipping of whole berries into one open top fermenter. The fruit was ambient soaked prior to initiation of wild fermentation, with plunging undertaken to achieve gentle extraction, integration and layering of tannins. After time on skins, the wine was pressed, settled and racked to barrel (in a combination of new and seasoned French oak) for 100% malolactic fermentation.
This wine has a nose of strawberry, cedar, vanilla and brandy snaps. It is juicy and mouth-filling, with flavours of strawberry, rhubarb and cola nut. There is a wonderful balance of presence, weight and length with delightful tannins.