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Pinot Noir - Defiance Single Vineyard 2018

The tasting notes

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The Wine

Our Defiance Pinot Noir is a limited release, single vineyard wine made from grapes grown on our Defiance vineyard on Felton Road. It is produced in limited vintages each vintage.

The grapes for our 2018 Defiance were hand harvested on 20th March 2018, and were predominantly de-stemmed with 10% whole bunch pressed.  The wine was aged in French oak barriques (28.5% new) for approximately 15 months.

The 2018 vintage is garnet in colour with ruby hues.  The wine is toasty savoury oak with fragrant notes of violet, clove, plum and chocolate complimented why tobacco and hint of forest floor.  The palate is silky with a lush entry ripe blackberry, violets, plum, raspberry and black cherry.  Concentrated and full mid palate with fine grained tannins and a long red fruit finish. 

Food match: rabbit, duck, lamb, or sip and contemplate by itself.

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Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation Central Otago
Sub Region Bannockburn
Vineyard Defiance
Harvest Date 20th March 2018 
Alcohol 13.5% 
Residual Sugar Nil
pH 3.60
TA 5.12g/L

"Complex and concentrated, but also subtle and fruity with aromas of mineral and red berries, layers of oak spice and pressed flowers.  Cherry, cranberry, plum and vanilla. Youthful and enticing bouquet.  Delicious on the palate with a taut, juicy mouthfeel.  Fruit flavours mirror the bouquet with a firm structure from ripe polished tannins. medium+ acidity and long complex finish. A wine that needs cellar time to show its complete personality and style. Best drinking from 2025 - 2035" Cameron Douglas - The Shout