“Cantata” Pinot Noir 2018

$30.00

With inviting aromas of baked raspberry pie with hints of ground spice and cedar, the palate has a core of concentrated plums balanced by ripe fine tannins and notes of chocolate

From the Italian word ‘cantere’ – to sing, a Cantata is a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment. With more complexity than a simple song,
the Cantata is composed for the more discerning.

2018 Vintage

“With inviting aromas of baked raspberry pie with hints of ground spice and cedar, the palate has a core of concentrated plums balanced by ripe fine tannins and notes of chocolate.” Olly Masters (Winemaker)

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage was one of the hottest on record with extraordinary weather patterns resulting in a very compressed season. There were searing temperatures for days on end early in the season, along with record low rainfall. The winds came later and then heavy rains hit in early to mid-February. It was challenging to manage the rapid canopy growth and keep on top of the constant threat of mildew and botrytis. In spite of the issues, we ended up with a very healthy vineyard with a smaller than usual crop due to lower average bunch weights and smaller berries. This resulted in very good fruit concentration and expressive wines. Our Growing Degree Days were 1356 and fruit for this wine was hand-picked at a yield of 3.0-6.6 tonnes per hectare.

Food Match

Pinot Noir is an extremely versatile food wine as it can pair well with either white or red meats, creamy sauces, and spicy seasonings. It’s also a wonderful match with sword fish or roast salmon. The classic Pinot Noir matches are with game birds, roasted red meats, mushrooms as well as mild and creamy cheese.

Region Central Otago, New Zealand Vineyard Estate-grown, single vineyard
Sub-region Bendigo Variety/ Clones 6 (11%), Abel (29%), 777 (9%), UDC5 (7%), 114 (6%), 114 (6%) & 115 (4%)
Planting 2004/05/07, Altitude: 210 – 350m Harvested 15th March to 4th April 2018
Harvest Analysis Brix: 22.4-26.4 / pH: 3.28-3.46 / TA: 6.7-10.8 g/l Bottled 9 Oct 2019 (Stelvin closure)
Wine Analysis Alc: 14% / pH: 3.6 / TA: 6.1 g/l Cellaring 2 – 8+ yrs

Winemaking

The fruit was chilled overnight before destemming the next day, typically as 4 tonne lots in open top fermenters with a proportion of whole bunches (25%) retained. The crushed fruit was allowed to warm slowly for 5-7 days as the natural yeast ferment began to take place. Ferments were hand plunged 2-3 times per day. Cooling was used to ensure the ferments peaked below 32°C. The wine was then held warm (>20°C) post ferment to allow ongoing tannin integration. After an average of 22 days on skins the wines were then pressed to tank where they were settled for 1–2 days before being racked into 300 litre French oak barrels. The wine was inoculated for malolactic fermentation in spring and the final wine selection made by identifying ferments and barrels from all the wines post malolactic fermentation. Aiming to produce an earlier maturing style, the final selection received 17% new oak. The wine was racked once to tank prior to the 2019 vintage, returned to barrel then filtered prior to bottling on 9th Oct 2019

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