The fruit is grown on the Little Hampton Vineyard near Trentham. Sitting at 730m above sea level, this is one of the coolest sites in the Macedon Ranges.
We handpicked the fruit on 26th April 2020. It was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries going into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily gentle pumpovers to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine was pressed and then racked into second-, third- and fourth-use French hogsheads and puncheons where it rested and grew. The wine was then racked and filtered prior to bottling in February 2021. Alcohol 12.3%; pH 3.55; TA 6.2g/L.
In the glass the wine is deep purple with a deep crimson hue. The aromatics of this Little Hampton Pinot Noir are seductive and engaging. Violet and rose-petal floral notes waft from the glass, bolstered by blackberry and dark cherry fruits. Further complexities reveal themselves, such as cardamom and sandalwood spice. Mineral aspects such as gunpowder and graphite provide intrigue. Given time in the glass the Little Hampton’s signature aromatics intensify and gracefully seduce the drinker.
Cherry sap and blackberry fruit fall immediately onto the palate with nuances of sandalwood, graphite and some white pepper spice. A focused and mineral core has drive, vibrancy and poise. Fine and lacy tannins frame the complex cardamom spice and subtle fruits. The wine has energy and lift that can only been seen in high-altitude, cool-climate Pinot Noir. This Little Hampton Pinot Noir is uncompromising in its purity and identity. - Al Timms, Shadowfax