Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir
Grown under a certified organic programme (BioGro #5124) on our Estate. This was the seventh vintage made entirely on the Estate.
A really hot summer turned wet and cool before harvest amplifying cool climate Pinot characteristics.
Hand harvested; 100% destemmed without crushing into open top fermenters, wild ferment helped along only by gentle hand plunging. This was followed by a long slow post fermentation maceration. Maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise), none new, for 18 months.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Contains no additions and no added sulphites. Bottled under screw-cap in light-weight glass.
In 2003 we began developing the vineyard with a selection of premium Pinot Noir clones. More about these later. Having mapped the soils across the fan, we knew where each soil sub-type began and ended. Our aim was to spread the best available clones across both main soil types on the Estate to exploit their full potential: to let the vineyard soils speak through them. Not quite a mixed planting, but close.
We followed up in 2004 and in 2008 with plantings that took us up onto the thin limestone at the crest of the fan.
Among our selection criteria were clones with moderate vigour, small bunches with small berries to concentrate flavour, and a typical Burgundian aroma and acid profile. We are not obsessed with colour and believe strongly that an increase in colour does not necessarily correlate well with an increase in wine quality. We also looked for clones able to ripen well with moderate alcohol levels. There is no such thing as the perfect clone, but some come close.
Interplanted between the Pinot Noir vines is a random planting of Berrysmith Pinot Gris accounting for around 1% of the total number of vines.
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