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The 2009 has been something of an either/or wine.You either like it a lot or you don't like it much. It happens to be one of Glyn's favourites and at least until the 2011 he thinks it is the most Burgundian in style of all our Pinots- perhaps largely because of the acid contributing most to the wine's structure. In 2010 there was something of a return to bigness with by now the tannins starting to show up and adding a further dimension to the wine. In 2011 we built a small winery alongside the vineyards and we were very fortunate to have Mike Waller  join us for six week holiday, for the vintage. Mike is the winemaker at Calera in California, and this winery is widely recognized as one of the best Pinot Noir producers in the USA and certainly the one which produces the most Burgundian style of wine. If you check out the Calera website you will understand just how lucky we were to have him. And perhaps, unsurprisingly, he produced a very Burgundian style for us. In reality it wasn't only Mike . We were blessed with a long cool summer which must have made the grapes think they were in the Cote d'Or and they produced wine accordingly. We produced two cuvees in 2011.

selected 7 barrels from the 37 produced to showcase the best of what the vineyard could produce. (And because we kept referring to it as "  the seven barrels wine ", the name stuck)  This wine has more new French oak influence and had more whole bunch fermentation influence than the wine made from the remaining 30 barrels. But both wines have unmistakable acid and tannins in abundance and powerful strawberry / black cherry fruit flavours, but are not heavy wines. (Power without weight - I think we might register it as our motto!) The 2009, 2010 and 2011 and 2011 Seven Barrels are all available for purchase.


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