Reserve Pinot Noir 2021
Bright ruby red in the glass. Intensely aromatic with notes of maraschino cherry, cherry pit, porcini mushroom with a touch of vanilla and nutmeg. On the palate, it is dry, medium-bodied with soft tannins and refreshing acidity with flavours of cherry, truffles, mushrooms, dark chocolate-covered raisins, vanilla and baking spice. The finish is long and complex with a savory and slightly smoky finish.
Compelling on its own will also complement simple roast chicken with mushrooms, grilled salmon or duck breast. Drinking well on release but will develop further complexities with short to medium-term aging.Download Notes
VQA Creek Shores
100% Whitty Vineyard
100% Pinot Noir
Sourced from our own Whitty Vineyard in Creek Shores. After harvest in early October, the grapes were crushed and destemmed before being transferred to open-top fermenters for approximately 30 days of alcoholic fermentation on the skins with regular pigeage to gently extract tannin and colour. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed off the skins and transferred to 1st, 2nd and 3rd use French barriques for 15 months of ageing. A selection of a few barrels went for more aging after racking in old 500-litre French oak. The wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling in February 2022.
Late winter and early spring had higher than average temperatures leading to an early bud break on May 10th (one week earlier than last year). The high temperatures continued through spring leading to rapid canopy development, flowering and fruit set. The heat continued through the summer with just enough rain to refresh the vines. Harvest began in late August with Chardonnay for sparkling. After a two-week break due to excessive rain, harvest continued throughout late September and early October with aromatic whites and lighter reds. Harvest continued throughout October and November with later ripening reds, ending with Cabernet Sauvignon in late November. Overall, yields were moderate due to thorough sorting and preventative management. Wines should be drunk on release or cellared for the medium-term.