Wine Release – 2011 Gippsland Pinot Noir

Lucinda Estate Pinot Noir 2011We have recently released our 2011 Gippsland Pinot, if you have read the previous post then you’ll already know the 2011 vintage was very difficult, we achieved good sugar ripeness but less than desirable phenolic ripeness, tannins that could potential impart green and/or astringent tannins, also we had some issues with mildews. Consequently we changed our approached to the winemaking, plotting a much more conservative path, firstly we raised our initial dose of sulphur and inoculated the must with cultured yeasts, Secondly lowering our ferment temperatures and finally pressing early forgoing post ferment macerations. The aim being to create an aromatic, brightly fruited wine, with a lighter tannin profile. The wine was matured in our new 2800litre oak tank imparting some nice savoury characters but keeping the wine fresh, a further 1300 litres was matured in six 225/228 litre barrels of which two were new. I have to say this wine has me re accessing the style of Pinot Noir I see myself making from the vineyard. (But thats for another post)

It has already found a home in many Melbourne restaurants including Gigibuba, The Italian, The Middle Park Hotel, 2 Doors Down, Chin Chin and Riva. As well as the boutique wine stores Black Hearts and Sparrows, Purvis Cellars and Olinda Cellers. At cellar door our visitors love the aromatics and pureness of the fruit. (see tasting note) and couple of freezing cold winter day tastings of this wines didn’t do it any harm but quite to the contrary, lifting the aromatics and enhancing the fruit, I can imagine enjoying this wine lightly chilled (12c) come summer.

Tasting Note- “Fragrant strawberry nose, bright vibrant palate with wild strawberry & cherry fruits with underlying forest flour nuances, savoury tannins and soft acid. A delicate style with good pinosity”.

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