2013 Longboard Pinot Noir
Like the image of renowned Longboard rider, Rex ‘China’ Gilbert enjoying a lazy ride on a gentle swell, our Longboard range is there to help you unwind after work or to enjoy over dinner at home or with friends. Long in flavour and impact, each variety on offer in this range is a finely crafted example of its type, priced for everyday and ready to drink now.
A fine example of our cold-climate region. This Pinot Noir has a soft elegant palate combined with weight and depth. Lifted confectionary aromas of strawberries and cherries abound in this young wine. The palate is vibrant and fresh with more of the same berry basket fruits – strawberries, raspberries and mulberries to name a few. Fine grained French oak tannins complement the fruits. This wine has great cellaring potential – while it lasts!
Hand-picked from our Estate vineyard, the ferments were set up with 30% whole bunch and 70% crushed fruit into our 3 tonne open fermenters. Allowed to cold soak on skins for 48 hours, which gently soaked out colours and flavours, the ferments were then inoculated with yeast and hand plunged for the 6 day ferment.
Once pressed, the wine was transferred to 2 & 3 year old barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Upon completion, the wine was then transferred to 1 & 2 year old French barriques for its 10 month maturation cycle.