Rockburn Pinot Noir 2018 750ml
The vintage yielded beautiful fruit from each of our sites, which we have simply guided gently through to the bottle with minimal handling. Our “hands-off” approach delivers a pure expression of Central Otago to your glass; an expressive nose and deeply fruited palate displaying vibrant notes of red and black cherry, rich mocha and supple, silky tannins leading into a very long finish. As always this wine shows classic Rockburn elegance, integrity and balance. Enjoy with friends over the next 4-9 years. VITICULTURE Grape Variety & Clone: 100% Pinot Noir. Clones 10/5, 5, 6, Abel, 667, 777. Training and Trellis: Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) Soils: Gibbston 40cm topsoil over alluvial gravels Parkburn 10-15 cm loam over river gravel. Vineyard Location: Gibbston 14%, Parkburn 86% Climate Comment: Frosty, low-yielding. Vintage Climate: Damp to start but long dry finish. Harvest Date: 3rd April-6th May Viticulturist Comment: A cool flowering period reduced overall yields. WINEMAKING Winemaker: Malcolm Rees-Francis Fermentation: 7 tonne fermenters, 5 to 7 days cold maceration; fermentation over 1 week with daily plunging followed by post fermentation maceration for 7 to 14 days. Some batches made good use of whole bunch inclusion. Barrel élevage: 10 months in French oak; 35% new, 18% 1 year old, 47% 2 years old. Alcohol: 14.0% Titratable Acidity: 4.7 g/l Residual Sugar: < 1.0 g/l pH level: 3.68 Vintage Comment: Excellent ripeness despite somewhat cooler conditions thanks to low yields.