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ll wines are grown and all wines are crafted, but often only one of the other of these histories is truly evident. 2011 was an exceptionally difficult vintage in the Hills and precious little of the notoriously fickle Pinot Noir even made it to bottling.
On the front label of this wine just below the Skin n Bones it says 256 days. Is that how many times Brendon proposed before Kristy, his wife, said yes to him? Well, it turns out that 256 is the number of days that this wine has been in contact with its skins. Just to put that in perspective, most wineries ferment Pinot Noir on average of 14 days on skins before they press them off and tuck them to bed in a barrel. The use of extended skin contact brings with it some extra risks but if used well can result in added flavor, texture and structure.
After struggling valiantly through the wettest, coldest growing season in memory, it seemed only fair to let this wine sit quietly on skins for 256 days - five times longer than normal. The result is a wine that owes considerably more to vintage and technique than terroir: linear, powerful, aromatic and bone dry. A tribute to the marriage of nature and nurture.
- Region: Adelaide Hills
- Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage: 2011
- Vineyard: Single Site in the Adelaide Hills
- Vine Age: 17 years old
- Yield: 1.4 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Grey-Brown Loamy Sand
- TA: 5.3 grams per liter
- pH: 3.63
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Skin Contact: 250 days
- Oak: 12 months in French puncheon & barrique (One Year Old)
- Production: 125 cases
The Adelaide Hills is Australia's most vibrant cool climate wine region. The region is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Stretching in a narrow band approximately 70km long, the highest vineyards are sited between 1,900 and 2,200 feet altitude in areas such as Crafers, Summertown, Piccadilly and Carey Gully. Learn More »
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