Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir is the most temperamental of varieties and remains the ultimate challenge for many winemakers – Shaw + Smith has joined the quest albeit in a ‘small batch’ way. Testament to the quest is their purchase of the Lenswood vineyard in 2012, which offers mature vines with elevation and aspect. Site selection, the right clonal mix, miniscule yields and fastidious vineyard management are essential to success. The fruit for this wine is hand picked to avoid damage. A combination of whole berry and whole bunch fermentation is complemented by extended time on skins pre and post ferment to allow gentle extraction.

Tasting Notes

Sourced by fruit from the Lenswood vineyard from the 2013 vintage on, the wine retains its characters of delicacy and charm. There is floral perfume on the nose, followed by a fresh, textured palate, with red cherry and spice notes. Snappy acidity and fine but grippy tannins keep it fresh and taut.

Food Pairing

Try Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir alongside roast guinea fowl breast & confit leg, boudin noir & quince.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Ballhannah and Lenswood
Vineyard size
30 acres
Soil composition
Brown Loam over Clay
Training method
Double-Guyot VSP
1,320 - 1,650 feet
740 - 1,110
2.4 tons
Year vineyard planted
1999, 2000
Harvest time
February - March
First vintage of this wine
Bottles produced of this wine
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Pinot Noir
Fermentation container
Open Stainless Steel Vats
Age of Aging Container
New to 3 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
up to 90 °F
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration and Punchdown
Maceration length
Malolactic fermentation
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
8 months
Size of aging container
228L - 500L
Length of aging before bottling
11 months
Analytical Data
12.6 %
pH level
Residual sugar
0.2 g/L
6 g/L

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