Pinot Noir 2017

Older vines, the Lenswood Vineyard, sorting tables, small batch open fermenters, or just more insight in the capricious nature of Pinot Noir. Whatever the reason, we think our Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir continues to get better and better. Our first release was in 2007.

About the Vineyard

Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well
in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.

Wine Production

Hand picked and sorted. Combination of whole berry and whole bunch fermentation. Fifteen days on skins. Matured in French oak, majority puncheons.

Tasting Notes

Style: Delicate, fragrant, light to medium bodied but with deceptive power, silky tannins and medium term ageing potential.

The 2017 vintage is defined by the very late, cool season. Natural acidity is striking, as are flavours - campari, forest floor and red fruits including raspberries.

Food Pairing

Enjoy in a large red wine glass, with some charcuterie.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Ballhannah and Lenswood
Vineyard size
30 acres
Soil composition
Brown Loam over Clay
Training method
Double-Guyot VSP
Elevation
1,320 - 1,650 feet
Vines/acre
740 - 1,110
Yield/acre
2.4 tons
Year vineyard planted
1999, 2000
Harvest time
February - March
First vintage of this wine
2007
Bottles produced of this wine
24,000
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
20-30
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
8 months
Size of aging container
228L - 500L
Length of aging before bottling
9 months

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