Tussie Mussie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
A rich earthy Pinot Noir with clear cherry fruit aroma. The palate is soft and slippery, full, and generous with very fine tannin. A contrasting style for Quealy attributed to the modern 777 clone.
LOOKS LIKE... Darker toned crimson with black shadows
SMELLS LIKE... Distinctive cherry, blue fruits and earth
DRINK WITH... Wholemeal hunza pie and/or scotch fillet
CELLAR UNTIL... Drink in its youth till 2023
2018 vintage was hot and compressed. We hand selected a portion at the vineyard on 22nd March. The grapes were already high in pH and low in acid so we simply destemmed and cold fermented the whole berries for 14 days. We had to add tartaric acid because of the heat of the season but we feel the ferment plan at least minimised the TA addition. Only the free run was selected to be matured in sweet smelling two year old barrels. We tasted the barrels often and selected 4 barriques for the ultimate blend. Bottled on May 2nd 2019.
The 777 clone of Pinot Noir at Tussie Mussie Vineyard behaves quite differently from the older fashioned clones we know. In addition, the vines are grafted to a Phylloxera resistant rootstock which adds another influence.
The vines are only moderately vigorous however tend to set 2 bunches of heavy fruit on each shoot.
Because the Peninsula can experience poor set, we wait until the vines have set the flowers before we start to remove some of the crop. It’s a young vineyard, and suits a heavier crop, too small a load encourages wasteful and reductive vigour. The vines are pruned to a single arch, so that there is plenty of light and space around each bunch. The vineyard is now managed organically although there is no certification until years of organic management. Under vine weed management is now possible with a Fischer Twister and organic herbicide.
Tussie Mussie Vineyard is leased by Quealy. The vineyard is part of a Tussie Mussie Boutique Retreat which is available for accomodation. Please check their website for details.