2016 Pinot Noir
Complex and brooding aromas of lifted red cherries, plum, mulberry, rhubarb, sappy stalk, dusty oak, and Canadian forest pine mushroom (half of the RHINO is Canadian). On the palate bright red cherry and cranberry with mineral acidity, loads of chalky, dusty tannins linger to anise, cedar and forest floor.
Utilising the three clones 115, 114 and MV6 from the cool hills of Main Ridge, the fruit was 100% destemmed into small fermenters. A quick and moderately warm ferment using indigenous yeast, regular hand plunging, followed by a long post-ferment maceration until the optimum tannin structure was achieved. Pressed into stainless tanks until the completion of malolactic decarboxylation and transferred to French Oak barriques, a small portion new, for 10 months aging. Careful selection and blending prior to bottling.
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Micro-Region: Main Ridge
Style: Bright, Complex and Brooding
Closure: Screw Cap
Varieties: Pinot Noir
Winemaking Style: Progressive
Cellaring Potential: Medium/Long Term
Classification: Single Vineyard, Natural Yeast