A superb pinot – displays a delicate balance between red and dark fruits, high-toned aromatics, layered depth and verve.
There was a remarkable evenness to the fruit that came in, with generous fruit weight and lovely tannin ripeness. It was the first year we’ve had where all the seeds were brown and crunchy. Stems were also nicely lignified and we were able to use up to 30% whole bunch in some batches and overall used about 15%. Ferments kicked off wild early and happily ticked over until we pressed off straight to barrel. Elevage was slightly longer than normal at about 14 months. There’s a bit more density in the 2018 Pinot Noir – denser fruit and denser structure. It’s built for the long-haul but delicious drinking now… Gilli and Paul Lipscombe, Sailor Seeks Horse