2018 Streicker Bridgeland Block Pinot Noir
After an unseasonable dry early Winter, late rains in August and September came to the rescue. Budburst commenced in early August and continued until late September. Significant rain events persisted through to mid-October, with conditions fining up through the flowering period enabling successful flowering and fruit set. Vine growth was excellent and excess vigour issues were dealt with by employing shoot thinning and vine de-legging practices, in a successful attempt to deter regrowth and crowding of fruit zone areas. Harvest began on the 27th January, in line with the earliest picking dates on record, trailing out until completion on the 13th April.
The fruit was hand-picked with 33% being kept as whole clusters, and the other 66% de-stemmed on top to promote extraction of spicier flavours and more savoury fruit characters and textures. The fruit was open fermented and punched down 3 times a day. The still fermenting wine was then gently separated from the skins and allowed to finish ferment in Burgundian-style oak barrels, 25% which were new. The wine was then aged in oak for 10 months, after which it was clarified and bottled.
Made from fruit off our coolest vineyard, this wine is an elegant style of Pinot Noir. In colour it is light red with blue and purple specks. Bright flavours of red cherries, sour plums and cinnamon on the entry, guided by fleshy textures of crushed apple flesh and satsuma plums. A vital line of chalky acidity and white pepper drive the palate to a crystalline finish of red fruits and spicy oak.
91/100 - James Suckling
90/100 & Top Value - The Real Review
Up to 8 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.