Heirloom Vineyards was conceived in vintage 2000, when a young winemaking student caught the eye of a silly old wine judge. A love story ensued inspired by two vows: To preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine and our unique old vineyards and to champion the best clones of each variety planted in the most appropriate sites embracing the principals of organic farming. Seven long vintages of trial and error passed before Heirloom Vineyards could make a wine that was fine enough to pass on to future generations. That is this wine.
This Heirloom Vineyards Pinot Noir was produced from their best Adelaide Hills Vineyard in Kersbrook whose clones and viticulture embody the very best in cutting edge but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch-by-bunch, naturally open fermented, basket-pressed and stored in well seasoned first-use French oak barriques from bespoke coopers. This wine is 50% whole bunch and is aged in 2nd and 3rd use French oak barriques from bespoke coopers for 7 months.
The nose has perfumes of summer pudding fruits – raspberries, red currants and cherries. A hint of cedar and spice from the new French oak blends well with a subtle minty aroma. The palate is tangy and well balanced, with delicious fruit flavours and silky savoury tannins. Long and satisfying.