After 20 months in barrel, the 2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir now moves onto its next phase. We have now transferred all barrels to tank via our peristaltic pump and the wine will now rest and await bottling early next year. We do this not only to allow any residual lees to settle out, but it also gives the array of component barrels time to integrate as a whole whilst assisting the wine to acclimatise for closure under screw cap. Then the wine will then be released in early 2013 after a year in bottle.
The wine itself looks very promising so far with swirls of plums and sour cherry skins, resonating in both dark and bright notes with good acidity entwined in an earthen spice twist. Currently poised between subtlety and power, this wine will have plenty of time ahead to unfold itself. We’re definitely looking forward to that!
As we’ve mentioned fruit set is an important time in any vineyard as it determines the maximum potential crop there’ll be for the coming vintage. We are happy to report that we are currently at around 60% completion of fruit set, where the flowers have successfully pollinated and developed their seeds along with the protective covering we all know as grape skins.
While healthy fruit set is vitally important it also needs an equally healthy canopy to drive it, and currently that’s just what we have. All the photos above were taken yesterday (12/12) by our Vineyard Manager, Lisa and illustrate the verdant canopy punctuated with a balance of tall shoots. The centre photo shows the leaf size in comparison to Lisa’s hand which makes the leaf length around 18cm and around 12cm in diameter, telling us this is a productive canopy indeed. With our deep rich soils being activated by this and last years rain and having been recently bolstered by biodynamic fertiliser, we can’t say were surprised.
But it is still early days for us and it’s not say that it’s been a doddle up till now, as most growers will attest to the heightened threat of mildews due to still relatively moist and humid conditions. Although at this stage it isn’t on the scale of 2011, there will always continue to be challenges, so we always endeavour to be prepared for both best and worst case scenarios…hopefully the former!
Although vintage is between three and four months away, it is ever present in our minds. In the meantime though we have plenty to keep us busy. For instance we’ve modified our existing 4000 litre stainless steel tanks to have doors and racking valves. This gives us further flexibility in or out of vintage when racking juice or wine to barrel. An example of our continuous improvement program in effect! Check out the short video in the winery section with Simon from Fine Weld cutting out the tank section for the door.