This is my sixth release of Forager Pinot Noir. 2017 was a mixed season… fine to begin with and wet towards the end of the season. Crop levels were naturally low around 4 T/Ha. Hand-picked and hand-sorted, the grapes are then returned to sit amongst the vines where they once grew. Giving indigenous yeasts from the vineyard the opportunity to create a true expression of the actual vineyard site. Temperature fluctuations in the vineyard environment add a layer of complexity to the fermentation process, with a prolonged pre-fermentation maceration and cooler soaking temperatures than I would expect inside a winery. This is the first time I have taken fruit from the Isolated Hill Vineyard in North Canterbury.
Forager Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes / Reviews
Review Date : 04-Nov-2018
Moderately dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim with purple hues. The nose is gently full and voluminous with an array of fragrant and savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with an amalgam of dark herbs and dark-red florals and subtle earthy suggestions. The aromatics form an elegant, taut core with intensity and penetration, showing finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with a heart of sweet and lush dark-red cherry and berry fruit, the flavours a little restrained in expression. The wine flows smoothly with supple, fine-grained tannin extraction in support. The acidity is soft, but lends cut and poise. The flavours grow in richness, unfolding savoury herb and earthy detail as it carries to a lingering finish. This is an elegant and refined Pinot Noir with subtle sweet and savoury red cherry and berry fruit with complexing herb and earthy detail on a supple, poised palate. Serve with wild duck and pork over the next 5 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Isolated Hill’ vineyard, Waiau, fully destemmed with no whole cluster, indigenous yeast vineyard fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 26 days on skins and aged 15 months in one-third each 1 y.o., 2 y.o. and 3 y.o, French oak. 220 cases made. 18.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $55.00
Score: 96 ★★★★★ Bob Campbell, The Real Review, 2 Jan 2019
|VARIETY||Pinot Noir 2017|
|VINEYARD DETAILS||Amuri Limestone Quarry Hill,
210m Altitude, 40 km inland
|TIME ON SKINS||26 days|
|TIME IN BARRELS||15 months. 9 barrels.|
|AGE OF OAK||33% 1yr old,33% 2yr old,33% 3yr old.
Fine grained, French.
|WHOLEBUNCH||Not used in 2017|
|STABILISATION||Natural in barrel over winters|
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