1772 Pinot Noir 2018 1.5L
2018 had a dry start to the year, with most of the rain arriving in spring. As a result, the wet springtime soil postponed budbreak. July was fairly warm which helped initiate harvest at the end of August. The grapes were destemmed, sorted and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged for 9 months in French oak barrels, with 19% of them being new. It was essential to use less new oak on the 2018 vintage to achieve balance. On such a vintage, this wine will show the bright red fruit common in Edna Valley as well as the freshness that comes with the cool coastal climate. Tannins are present, and they will soften nicely with a little bit of bottle aging.
Nose: Red Raspberry, black cherry, black tea, hibiscus, roasted sesame oil, graham cracker, and a hint of peppermint.
Palate: Juicy fruit with acidity upfront exhibiting notes of blood orange, and rhubarb progressing to forest floor, blonde tobacco, black tea, crushed oyster shell, and potpourri on the finish.