Musk Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
Musk Creek Vineyard’s high elevation and rich earth extend ripening to autumn’s end. In its youth, classic spearmint and raspberry pinot noir nose and palate. Will amplify with age to build a magnificent wine with body. Cellar for ten years.
LOOKS LIKE... Cardinal crimson, the weight of the wine evident in the depth of the crimson
SMELLS LIKE... Spearmint, raspberry and forest floor
DRINK WITH... Beef wellington or vincisgrassi at least
CELLAR UNTIL... 10 years
From the younger block of Pinot Noir, 2.6t was picked on 20th March and 4.8t from the older block on 28th March. Approximately 20% whole bunches were loaded on the floor of each small vat, and then the balance destemmed as whole berries on top. Total fermentation and maceration time of 20 days. The approximately 20% whole bunches regulate the kinetics of fermentation. As we do not sulphur our musts, we inoculate with a cultured yeast. These yeasts are selected to ferment to zero sugar which suits our winemaking technique at high pH (3.8) and moderate sulphurs of 100ppm at bottling. The barrels were racked thrice over the year; racking opens up the rosehip character and softens the palate. The wine did not require filtering and was bottled in May 2019.
Musk Creek Vineyard is a marginal sight to ripen Pinot Noir. In most years the vines can ripen the sugar of the fruit but only because of the low yield and huge interference with the canopy. The vines are trained to a single arch of 12 buds. The final 2 buds shoot hard and usually provide in total 4 bunches of loose grapes. These bottom shoots are trained down so that all of the sun rays are captured in the vineyard. The vineyard is farmed sustainable rather than organically. Really, it’s a decision we made to spread our risks in poor years whilst we build our expertise and confidence in the more complex organic techniques.