I have been chasing the mystical Pinot Noir since I first started making wine in 2003. In 2016 I purchased a small amount of Pinot Noir from a spectacular vineyard in Orange, NSW and then set out to make my own style. The target was very very high, with the finest French Oak imported for the purpose. The fruit had been hand-picked and remained in its whole bunches as my daughter Charlotte and I gently macerated it where it sat. Within a day the fermentation started and Charlotte and I started removing the stalks, one at a time. Each day we would gently turn the ferment by hand and once she slowed down we covered here and gently turned her once a day.
Here is Charlotte pondering the must just before pressing:
A few weeks later we fired up the basket press and gently squeezed the wonderful wine into barrel. She was allowed to go through Malo and then bottled by hand under Diam cork in August 2017.
Named for my lovey daughter Charlotte, Assistant winemaker in this endeavour, this wine is light but powerful and I am looking forward to seeing her evolve over time.
Enjoy at cellar temperature.