Our Pinot Noir is made from the fruit of the two Pinot blocks at the entrance of Tokar Estate, planted in 1996 and 1998. The main difference between the blocks is the orientation, Pinot A faces West whilst Pinot B faces East. From one we get structure and power and the other provides prettiness. Both blocks are Pinot clone MV6 and are spur pruned on VSP trellis.
The Pinot was harvested over several days from 12 February to 27 Pinot, giving many different small batches, each with their own unique characters. The Pinot was fermented as small lots with slightly different processing (varying level of whole bunch inclusion, amount of crushed berries, etc). After a cold soak, the ferments were encouraged to proceed with wild yeasts followed by a post ferment maceration to build a structure that would carry the intensity of fruit. The wine was matured in French oak hogsheads for ten months where they underwent wild malolactic fermentation. The batches were kept separate until undergoing rigorous barrel selection shortly before bottling. The rounder, riper and darker fruited parcels were allocated to this wine.
Bright, clear and red brick in appearance. Intoxicating nose of kirsch, apple skin, bitters and autumn leaves. Quite lifted yet but with great depth. The palate has generous fruit and finishes both tart (cranberry like) and creamy with plentiful fine tannin. Beetroot, bay leaves and undergrowth come to mind. With the Carafe & Tumbler range we tend to say “don’t think about it too much and just enjoy” but in this case it is hard not to think about it! It’s a surprisingly complex and structured Pinot Noir.
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