A delicate shade of pale purple, the colour indicates gentle handling of the fruit. A perfumed nose combines delicate berry aromas and an intriguing spice note into an enticing expression of the variety. The palate, medium in weight, is characterized by the finely rounded tannin, satin texture and generous fruit concentration. Damson and cranberry mingle with cherries and black olives to create an intriguing experience. The finish is marked by a clean lift and long salty tail Alc: 12.5 %, pH: 3.5, TA: 5.1 g/L, RS: 1.7 g/
In the vineyard
This wine marks our 15th consecutive vintage of Pinot Noir from Elgin but
for the first time, with fruit from our very own vineyard at Radford Dale
Organic. Winter of 2020, was colder than the previous season, with much
higher rainfall, which replenished water resources and led to sufficient cold
accumulation to break dormancy. The cold and wet weather continued into
Spring, which contributed to homogenous, but delayed bud-break and initial
growth. Flowering and set were mostly efficient and even, while shoot and
leaf growth picked up the pace by the start of November. Temperatures
remained moderate to the coolest Summer experienced in years.
In the cellar
The grapes were all hand-picked at dawn to capture freshness and acidity
while retaining elegance in the flavour expression. The bunches were
brought into our Organic cellar for hand sorting. Whole berry fermentation
took place in open top 228l and 300l oak barrels, resulting in a wonderfully
perfumed fruit expression. By using only hands to punch down the caps, only
the finest tannin was extracted during the 10 day maceration. After
fermentation, the skins were then basket pressed and the wine transferred
directly to a selection of 3rd and 4th fill barrels.
Only 10% new oak was used in support of the lovely fruit concentration
achieved in the vineyard. The maturation of the wine, on the lees, lasted for
almost 10 months before we assembled the barrels and then bottling.
Ideal with duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon.