Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2015

Felton Road farms three properties totaling 80 acres in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. This wine is approximately a one third blend from each of the three vineyards. The unique gravity flow winery enabled the grapes to be gently destemmed directly into open-top fermenters without pumping with approximately 20% as whole clusters. Traditional fermentation with a moderately long maceration on skins has extracted good colour and tannin with considerable depth of flavour. This wine was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels from highly regarded Burgundian coopers.

Tasting Notes

The nose leads with cinnamon, vanilla and more red fruits than the typical dark cherry from this warmer 2013 vintage. A soft and comforting mouthfeel that is broad and expansive. Being a blend of our three Bannockburn vineyards, this contributes various layers of generous ripe fruits and creamy textural elements. The wine has a pleasant rusticity to the structure adding complexity and depth. Hints of liquorice on the long enveloping finish. 

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Elms Vineyard
Vineyard size
36 acres
Soil composition
Sandy Clay Loam
Training method
Double-Guyot
Elevation
792 - 1,105 feet
Vines/acre
1,067 - 1,600
Yield/acre
1.8 - 2.4 tons
Exposure
Northern
Year vineyard planted
1992
Harvest time
March - April
First vintage of this wine
1997
Bottles produced of this wine
62,088
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Pinot Noir
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
30% New, 30% 1 year, 30% 2 year, 10% 3 year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
5 - 8 days
Fermentation temperature
up to 90 °F
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration
Maceration length
6 - 10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
6 - 8 months
Size of aging container
228L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
11 months
Certified Eco-Friendly Practices
Biodynamic-Demeter
Certified Vineyards
The Elms Vineyard, MacMuir, Calvert, Cornish Point
Certifying Organizations
Demeter

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