Bellbrae Estate ‘Bird Rock’ Pinot Noir 2015
We have named our premium Bellbrae Estate wines after our acclaimed local surf breaks. Bird Rock is named after the free standing rock between the reef and the shore off Torquay. Great peak waves that produce a short but excellent ride when its pumping.
Careful handpicking over our 2 hectares of Pinot Noir resulted in us only harvesting 14 rows for this wine. Having converted to cane pruning 4 years previously, this portion of the vineyard produces berries with the most intensity –just what we were looking for. 50% whole bunch fermentation followed to further improve tannin weight and structure which was then enhanced by 12 months maturation in new and one-year-old old French barriques. With lashings of cherry and mulberry characters abounding the ‘Bird Rock’ Pinot Noir is pure elegance. Tannin runs deep in this wine and provides a perfect support system to the natural fruits; the result being that it has cellaring potential of 8 years or more.