CRFT 2017 The Budenberg Vineyard Pinot Noir

Wine                                

Classic Budenberg showing violets, fresh black cherry and strawberry jam, with musky notes and background characters of nutmeg spice and a savoury smokiness. Fine grainy tannins and a concentrated juicy mouthfeel, with minerally ironstone and tobacco notes.

Will develop more complexity with bottle age. Benefits from a little time to open in bottle.

Drinking:     Ready to drink at release or cellar for up to 5 years.

Alcohol:      14% alc/vol

RRP:          $39

Release:      Winter 2019

Winemaking     

100% Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir grapes.

Hand-made by Candice and Frewin at their small winery in Carey Gully.

Grapes hand-picked & gently destemmed retaining whole berries with 25% whole bunches.

Cold soaked prior to wild fermentation in an open-top tank, gentle hand plunge only, then pressed to barrel once dry.

Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak, 30% new oak.

Wild ferment, unfined, unfiltered, vegan.

Bottled February 2018, 79 dozen produced.

The Vineyard

The Budenberg Vineyard is managed & organically farmed (uncertified) by Mark & Andrie Whisson. The vineyard is owned by the Budenberg family.

Site location:      Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates:    -34.97274,138.744384

Clones:              Majority 114 & 115, 1 row MV6

Planted:             1995

Elevation:           540 meters

Aspect:              East facing

Rows:                19, 37-44, 66-69, 74-76.

Harvest:             7thApril 2017

Tonnes:              1.1T

Soil:         Clay loam and shale with a mix ironstone, blue stone and quartz. An incredibly steep and rocky site.