Polperro Pinot Noir 2019
A blend of the following vineyards and clones;Bassat vineyard, situated on an Easterly facing slope at 190m above sea level, in Red Hill.
Kindilan vineyard, situated on a Northerly facing slope at 160m above sea level, in Red Hill.
Dodgers vineyard, situated on a Easterly facing slope at 200m above sea level, in Red Hill South.
Mill Hill vineyard, road block, situated on a Northerly facing slope at 270m above sea level, in Red Hill.
Clones: MV6, 115,114, 777, Pommard, Able, 667, Q23
|Wine Making||The fruit is handpicked and destemmed into 2 ton open fermenters as whole berries and left to start fermenting naturally. It is not touched until a 2-3° drop in baume , which allows fermentation to occur inside the grape berry to increase the aromatics of the finished wine. Once fermentation starts strongly then the ferment is handplunged 2-3 times per day for 15 days. The wine is left on skins for post ferment maturation for another 15 days. It is than pressed off skins and racked to barrel. 30 % new oak and predominately Sirugue extra tight grain light toast. In spring the wine is racked and returned to barrel. After a total of 16 months barrel maturation the wine is bottled without fining or filtration.|
|Tasting Notes||This wine shows ripe cherries and wild strawberries upfront. The palate is red fruit focused with floral notes, dry forest floor undertones and a hint of smokiness. A fine and persistent acid line carries the fruit characters through with the fine tannins, creating a complex yet savoury finish. A wine which will continue to build in the glass, and in the bottle.|
|Review||It took me a while to work this wine out. Its cards are closer to its chest than its sleeve. There’s undergrowth here. There’s black cherry, meaty, a touch of smoky; the word peat came to mind. There are tobacco and twiggy herb notes, and long strings of tannin, and an appropriate flush of acidity. It’s of medium intensity; it’s not light and etheral but nor is it pushy and powerful. There are char notes to the aftertaste but they don’t ride alone; everything which came before continues into the finish. I’m scoring 92/100 but I could easily have gone higher; I’m sure of it’s quality, I’m just not sure how high. 92 Points – Campbell Mattinson|
Case of 6