Hare and Tortoise Pinot Noir (6pk)
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Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Nicholas Crampton & Tim Shand
Summary: The wine regions of the great state of Victoria are some of Australia’s most picturesque and historical. Today we can expect to see exciting wines and evocative wine styles as common fare. Hare & Tortoise represents the steady pursuit of fine, individual, regional wines of great drinkability & interest through patience, knowledge and a hands-off approach to winemaking.
Winemaking: Pinot Noir fruit was hand picked, de-stemmed and fully fermented in open top fermenters with a small addition of whole bunches for complexity. Then cold soaked for three days prior to a cool ferment and pressed at dryness. It was then left on its lees for five months before bottling with minimal sulphur additions.
2023 Vintage: A cooler and wetter spring slowed the start of vintage in 2023. Coolness was a signature of the year putting some pressure on many vineyards and yields. Sites such as the Yarra vineyard for this wine were required to take extra care by hand to ensure disease pressure was reduced and berries could achieve full flavour and phenolic ripeness. The resultant wines are full to the brim of character and finesse.
Tasting Note: Classic cool climate Victorian Pinot Noir character showing generosity and detail with plum, spice, strawberry and earthy notes. The palate is light to medium weighted but with complex and long-lived flavour. Lifted red fruits with savoury notes and hints of forest floor. A beautiful Pinot Noir that is drinking superbly now but will also reward short term cellaring. Pair with BBQ pork , BBQ duck and dumplings.