Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2020
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Since the first black cluster vines were available for purchase from Tasmania in 1827, Tasmania has been recognised as a producer of quality Pinot Noir. It was the sloping hills overlooking Bass Strait that made the site unique and inspired the Hill-Smith family to purchase the vineyard, along with distinct single sites around Tasmania in their pursuit to produce the perfect single site Pinot. Dalrymple Pinot Noir is a blend of parcels from our own vineyard at Pipers River. Each block is unique with distinctive individual terroirs, building complexity into the final blend.
WINEMAKING: Each of the parcels were picked based on their merit. Fermentation started after two to three days and continued for four to five days. The cap was plunged twice a day to extract colour and tannin from the skins. The wine was then pressed and settled before being placed into French oak barriques (24% new) for 11 months, where malolactic fermentation took place prior to filtration and bottling.
TASTING NOTES: Dark, deep garnet in colour with deep purple hues. Intense aromas of blackberry, dark cherry and ripe plum dominate the more subtle spices and dried herbs that become more complex as the wine opens after several hours. Juicy plum and dark fruits on the palate are courtesy of a low yielding, long growing season. Tannins are bold and round, balanced with fine natural acidity and a long finish .