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2019 Pinot Noir

94 Points, 5 Stars, Wine Orbit
90 Points, Highly Recommended, Wine Rater
90 Points, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review

$32.00 each
$28.80 per unit for buying at least 12
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As a personal favorite of Mt. Beautiful’s owner David Teece, it’s incredibly important for our Pinot Noir to showcase the best aspects of the varietal. Subtlety is the secret inside this wine. It begins with sophisticated floral fragrances of violets and blackberries, while showcasing an elegant medium-weight palate that features ripe blackberry fruit, earthiness and subtle tannins.

As a personal favorite of Mt. Beautiful owner David Teece, it’s incredibly important for our Pinot Noir to showcase the best aspects of the varietal. Subtlety is the secret inside this wine. It begins with sophisticated floral fragrances of sweet spice and ripe soft red berry fruits, while showcasing an elegant medium-weight palate that features fragrant strawberry and bramble fruit, earthiness and subtle tannins.

2019 was a good growing season that was considerably warmer than normal. Pinot Noir though was quite difficult as it had poor flowering and consequently very low yields. In addition, flowering was extended over several weeks resulting in some variability of fruit maturity and consequently handling of tannin extraction in the winery had to be done very carefully. Harvest started on 28th March and Pinot noir was finished on 5th April. Fruit was ripening, had good sugar levels, and acidity was higher than normal. There was some variability in tannin ripeness. Consequently the harvest was 100% destemmed to open fermenters. After a cold soak of 5 -10 days a fast fermentation ensued. All the time being treated very gently with careful plunging twice daily. The wines were then left on skins for a further period, some cuvees pressed quickly to retain freshness and fruitiness whilst others that had better tannin structure and were left on skins for an extended period. The wines were all aged in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for 11 months where they underwent the malolactic fermentation prior to blending and bottling 12 months
following harvest.

The Pinot Noir is planted on the Southern section, which has the highest elevation in the vineyard, providing extra warmth and less exposure to frost. In addition to this our Pinot Noir is closely planted to reduce vigour resulting in lower crop levels, allowing us to ripen these grapes to achieve a true expression of this variety. Our Pinot Noir is all hand tended throughout the season and at harvest.

Our mix of Pinot Noir clones were specifically chosen for their flavour profile with 50% of the vineyard planted in Burgundy clones. Clone BDX 667 fills out the middle palate, while BDX 777 provides a long finish. The rest of the vines are a mixture of seven other clones, including UCD 5, UCD 6, 114 and 115. The aim of these selections is to build sound palate structure in the wine, providing a vibrant ruby wine with ripe fruit, subtle tannins, great length and persistence of flavour.

Pinot Noir Vineyard Stats:
Planted 2004-2019
9 blocks, 27.7 ha (68.5 ac)
907 rows, 98,572 vines
Spacing: @2.0 x 1.0 m
Yield: 6 T/ha (2.5 T/ac)

Alcohol 12.5%
TA 4.8 g/L 
pH 3.82
RS .1.0 g/L 

Bottled: March 2020
Production: 1,698 cases 

94 Points, 5 Stars, Wine Orbit
90 Points, Highly Recommended, Wine Rater
90 Points, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review

Off-License:

Name of the license holder: Dionysus Ventures Limited
License number: 57/OFF/411/2019
License expiry date: 27th day of February 2022
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