Bellbrae Estate ‘Bird Rock’ Pinot Noir 2016
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 Jan Juc, near Torquay. Great peak waves that produce a short but excellent ride when its pumping.
Produced entirely from our 2 hectare Pinot Noir vineyard which has been cane pruned for the past 5 years, the 2016 harvest produced some winderfully intense fruit –just what we were looking for. 30% 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. Layered tannins run deep in this wine and provide perfect support and balance to the natural fruits; the result being that it has cellaring potential of 8 years or more.