The 2017 Cowley Pinot Noir from Corofin is a bright, floral wine with plenty of jubey, red currant and wild strawberry fruit. It has a wonderfully cool, sappy freshness and plenty of fine tannins running the length of the palate. There’s also some subtle smoked meat and earthy complexity. Stacks of perfume and prettiness to go with the mineral backbone. Superb!
The Cowley delivers a deeper and darker expression of Pinot than Settlement. That said, all of Paterson’s 2017 Pinot’s capture a good measure of silky charms and floral lift and this wine is no different.
Mike’s winemaking notes: Handpicked on April 2nd. Four days in sealed tanks with 20% whole bunches, then foot trodden, natural ferment (eight days followed by six days on skins), pressed to old barrel; spontaneous malolactic in the late spring/early summer with the wine remaining on original lees for 13 months; racked to tank for seven months, before being bottled without fining or filtration in mid-November 2018.