Tasting Note

2015 ‘Wide Open Road’ Pinot Noir


100% Pinot Noir


Mount Barker and Porongurup, Great Southern, WA

Pinot Noir is dead sexy. Enigmatic, because it requires the right vineyard sites in cooler regions and is unforgiving of sloppy viticulture. Inspiring, because it does not conform to formulaic winemaking but requires imagination as much as experience. Frustrating, as the slightest mistake can have disastrous consequences. When everything comes together the resultant wines are seductive, addictive and memorable.

The Great Southern has some fantastic sites for Pinot Noir and the 2015 Wide Open Road is 100% single vineyard from our Mount Barker vineyard. There are 2 clones we use: the ubiquitous “droopy” clone so named for its relaxed growing habits and 115 from Dijon, a relatively new clone in WA. The droopy clone is renowned for producing pinot with structure and length, the 115 clone adds aromatics and texture.

All the fruit was handpicked and chilled before crushing. All fermenters are open topped and hand plunged. This year we used 100% maceration carbonique on half the fruit in open fermenters. We use a combination of wild and inoculated ferment regimes. Aging in 500L puncheon for 4 months has added complexity and length.

The 2015 Wide Open Road Pinot Noir is an early release style of Pinot Noir owing as much to Cru Beaujolais as to Mercurey. A bright red with a hint of purple, the 2015 Wide Open Road is another evolution in the early drinking Pinot Style we are aiming to achieve. Lifted aromas of cherries, raspberries and spice with some whole bunch vege stock and leaf compost complexity. A rich mid palate with red fruits and a creamy texture is balanced by a hint of oak and fine sappy tannins. More-ish. Especially with fresh kingfish ceviche. Or a cracking game of scrabble.

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