• Vintage 2021

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Winemaker Notes

Winemaking

Handpicked selection of West Block Pinot Noir MV6


Combination of 100% whole bunch and 100% whole berry (de-stemmed) fermentation treatments.


Fermentation via ambient yeast in stainless steel vats. Both treatments sealed with a lid for 5-7 days until fermentation commenced naturally.


No temperature control adopted apart from plunging (heat dissipation) and movement of ferments in and out of sun according to weather. Both ferments peaked around 32 degrees C. 


Whole bunch treatment: minimal extraction. Occasional foot treading and wetting of top layer. macerated for 2 weeks post fermentation


Whole berry treatment: Plunging 2 x daily with aerative rack and returns during peak fermentation. Whole berry pressed off 5 weeks post fermentation


Maturation in neutral (FO) barrique barrel on gross lees for 18 months with topped barrels under minmal sulphites.


Racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered in November 2022 with minimal sulphites (Approx 60ppm TSO2). Final blend 90% whole bunch and 10% whole berry (destemmed). 


Style

Medium bodied, structured, perfumed Pinot Noir. Piquant fruit, wild herbs and fragrant earthy spices. Clarity and detail, and humming with intensity. The Nine One Six vineyard’s distinct micro-climate delivers characterful, balanced and complete Pinot Noir reflective of its distinct Steels Creek origins.