PINOT NOIR
Williams Hill 2016

A dark, well weighted wine with dark red fruits intermixed with savoury and herb notes. Good palate structure and texture complimented by fine grained tannins, delicate oak and with excellent length.

$36 per bottle

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About the Vintage

The Season

A superb season, very warm and with minimal rainfall. Uniform bud burst, no frost issues, and with great weather over flowering/fruit-set. The good weather continued all the way until harvest and there were no disease or picking issues to contend with. Ideal.

The Winemaking

The fruit was passed over a sorting table before being 100% destemmed and crushed into small 1.5tonne open fermenters. Fermentation began naturally after an ambient soak of 3 days. The skins were regularly punched down and the wine spent a total of 26 days cuvaison before being pressed, settled and racked to French oak (25% new). The wine underwent a natural Malolactic fermentation and spent a total of 16 months in oak
without racking. It was then blended and bottled in September the following year. The wine was not fined.

The Vineyard

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested from the Williams Hill vineyard on the eastern slopes of the Waipara Valley. Vineyard soils are predominantly clay and limestone based. The vines are trained to a 2 cane VSP trellis with row spacing at 2.0m and vine spacing at 1.5m. Clones are a mix of 5, 115, 667 and 777 on 3309 and 101-14 rootstock. The fruit was transported on the day of harvest to the winery for processing. Shoot and
crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at low cropping levels of approx 1kg per vine.

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The Accolades

2014
5 stars Raymond Chan
½ 4.5 stars Michael Cooper
90/100 Wine Anorak (J Goode UK)

2013
5 stars Raymond Chan
½ 4.5 stars Michael Cooper
Accepted wine for Pinot2017

2011
4 stars Raymond Chan

PINOT NOIR
Williams Hill 2016

$36 per bottle

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