2019 Windmill Vineyard Pinot Noir
The north facing Windmill Vineyard slopes down off the Thompson’s Lane ridge, sheltered from the prevailing winds off the cold waters of Bass Strait. It is the classic paradox of a warm site in a cool location. Yielding a moderate crop of 4.7 tonnes/ha, the fruit was picked in two lots in 2019; the lower trellis fruit was picked on March 20th and fermented as whole bunches, whilst the higher trellis fruit was picked on March 29th and fermented without stems. The two components were matured separately for almost 9 months in French oak puncheons, with the final blend containing 21% new oak and 42% of the whole bunch component.
At this early stage, the whole bunch characters of tar and roses and Maraschino cherry are shining brightly, with sweet red cherry and raspberry fruits on the palate nicely encapsulated by some fine, but firm, tannins. Elegantly delicate now, it will no doubt evolve to reveal an ever larger framework of bolder flavours.