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These wines were made in our new onsite winery at Mosquito Hill, by Mike Waller who is the winemaker at one of the most prestigious Pinot Noir wineries in the United States, Calera.

Mike introduced whole bunch fermentation to the winemaking process at Mosquito Hill. At Calera 100% whole bunch is used, as at Romaneé Conti, among other prestigious wineries. So far we haven’t quite embraced it to that degree; although the proportions of whole bunch we use is increasing and currently stands at about 30%. Both the 2011 wines exhibit what we are aiming for ie power without weight.

The 2011 wines are similar in style with strong red and black cherry aromas and moderately light in colour. Both wines have abundant tannins producing structure to the wines. The standard wine’s flavour is more in the red cherry end of the spectrum, whilst the 7 barrels, which is deeper in colour has both red and black cherry flavours. The alcohol in both wines is 13.2%

Growing and Ripening Season was the longest (because the coolest) growing season in the twenty years since the vineyard was established. Hand harvest took place in two tranches; the first being at the beginning of May and the second in mid May with a yield of 53 Hl/Ha (2.8 tonnes/acre).

70% of the fruit was destemmed into open fermentation bins and 30% went into open bins for whole bunch fermentation. A mix of inoculated and wild yeast fermentation was undertaken.

After completion of fermentation the skins were air bag pressed and the wine run into French oak barriques of which 25% were new. Malolactic fermentation occurred with natural yeast and the wine was then sulphured and left on its lees for twelve months. Bottling was undertaken without fining or filtration.


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