Elephant In The Room Pinot Noir (6pk)
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Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: South Australia
Winemaker: Corey Ryan
Summary: The Elephant in the Room wines are proudly large in scale and expansive in flavour. Ignoring fashion and braving the scorn “wine thought police” Elephant in the Room was created to give consumers exactly what they want – full bodied and mouth-filling wines that deliver maximum pleasure. Each wine is sourced from slow-ripening cool climate vineyards in the Limestone Coast of South Australia and partially matured in French Oak before final blending and bottling by Corey Ryan.
Vineyards: Sourced mainly from low yielding vineyards near Mount Gambier in the east of the limestone coast wine region. The higher altitude aspect and cool evening temperatures combine to ensure the retention of natural acidity in the elegant fruit harvested whilst the long, slow ripening ensures excellent flavour development.
Winemaking: Partially hand before de-stemming and fermentation in a combination of two tonne open fermenters with ten percent whole bunch and twice daily hand plunging and larger closed fermenters with pump overs. All components blended post fermentation before three quarters were matured in stainless steel and one quarter was matured in French oak for four months before bottling with minimal fining, filtration and sulphur addition.
Vintage 2022: 2022 will probably be remembered as wet in most parts of Australia. However, in inland vineyards the rain did not hinder, rather it helped vines stay healthy and created favourable conditions for a modest and favourable crop across much of the country. Overall, quality was up but yields were down.
Tasting Note: Light crimson in the glass with aromas of plum cherry and hints of savoury complexity with some nicely integrated oak. The palate is lively with a core of supple red berry flavours enhanced by some captivating spice notes. Bright acidity and fine tannins provide definition to the long finish. Pair it with Porchetta on baby lentils.