The ripest Pinot Noir and Meunier are selected for this wine, much of it sourced from the Ridgeview vineyard. Under 1000 cases were made of this wine. Whole-bunch pressed to limited pressure, which gives a low yield of 62% volume to weight. A natural cold settling takes place without the use of enzymes. Fermentation at a moderate temperature of 16-18 C in stainless steel using natural yeast. Malolactic fermentation is carried out.
Grape varieties: 62% Pinot Noir and 38% Pinot Meunier
Altitude: 5-65m ASL
Vineyard age: Between 8 and 22 years old
Exposure: Clay & Limestone, Flint & Loam
Soil: Clay and Limestone, Flint and Loam
Dosage at disgorgement: 8 g/l
Bottle fermentation on the lees: 30 - 36 months
Tasting Notes: A deep golden colour with a persistent fine stream of bubbles. Rich, earthy red fruit aromas are followed by a complex toasted palate. The finish is long-lasting and beautifully balanced. The rich earthy character of this wine complements dishes including light game meats or canapés featuring mushrooms or lamb.
93 Points, Wine and Spirits
91 Points, The Wine Advocate
92 points, Vinous Media
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast