Pinot Noir hand harvested from six blocks on the biodynamically farmed Burn Cottage vineyard. Fermented with the inclusion of 17% whole bunches, and matured in French oak (29% new).
Following a mild winter, there was a good amount of rain heading into spring, and decent soil moisture to start the season at Burn Cottage. Some frost fighting needed with an initial cool start to spring, but no damage sustained. Bud burst was slightly early and there was great early season growth – with moisture, low wind-run, and predominantly warm weather. Settled weather and good temperatures in December gave way to changeable conditions, and sometimes cool systems mid-season. Later in the season saw a return of long hot days and mild nights, and a great Indian summer. A drier season than normal overall. Picking began towards the end of March.
The 2014 vintage has delivered a seductive and enticing wine that from the word go delivers an intriguing aroma
of sun-ripened red fruits, earl grey tea and an underlying character of autumnal leaves and wet stones. The palate is
both youthful and vibrant, with an elegance and richness that is becoming the hallmark of this vineyard. The red berry fruit flavours combine with wild thyme and rich savoury notes, and are supported by the beautifully poised tannins that give depth to the long mouth-watering finish. This wine needs a few years to marry all of its elements. Cellar for up to 8-10 years.