The Vineyard                                  

Budenberg Vineyard is owned by Ian and Rosie Budenberg and farmed by Mark Whisson.

Site location: Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.97274,138.744384

Clones: Majority 114 & 115, 1 row of MV6

Planted: 1995

Elevation: 540 meters

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

Aspect: East facing

Rows:  19, 37-44, 66-69, 74-76.

Harvest: 20th March 2013

Tonnes: 2.25T


The Winemaking                               

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top fermenter with 20% whole bunches, followed by a 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation.

Gently hand plunged twice daily, with the ferment temperature peaking at 30°C.

Basket pressed directly to oak for 10 months maturation, 100% French, 40% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 25th February 2014 – 1,866 bottles


The Wine                               

The pickers always complain about picking this vineyard and rightly so – this block is steep & it’s a big hill to climb for not many bunches of grapes.

Complex and intriguing, raspberry fruits with Kaffir lime leaf. This masculine Pinot shows well-structured tannins and a solid minerality, you can almost taste the ironstone.

Drinking... Drink now or cellar for 10+ years.

Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol



93 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

92 points - Huon Hooke


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