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2013 Charteris The Winter Vineyard Pinot Noir (Museum Release)

2013 Charteris The Winter Vineyard Pinot Noir (Museum Release)

Picked on 8th and 18th April 2013.

The Winter Vineyard is 0.9 Hectares split over 2 terraces on the Felton Road end of Bannockburn and runs down to the Kawarau River. Dijon 115, Abel and 777 clones make up the wine.

This wine is firstly a wine from an idiosyncratic site in Bannockburn and secondly a reflection of vintage. This block has always given me a finer boned, delicate style in Pinot. More savoury than primary, more lacy edged than block buster. The 2013 vintage has given some opulence to the structure but the tannin base of the wine still retains a clear stamp of this vineyard for me. As we have talked about stem inclusion for me is about structure as opposed to an aromatic feature. The great bouquet that results from stem inclusion comes with maturity on the wine rather than dominating in youth for me.

2013 gave me more natural skin tannin to work with so I backed off the stems to approx 20%. I think I may well look back on this wine in 5 to 10 years and ask why I didn't put more in the cellar. Lucky for you I did and we have a museum offering. 

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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
7 to 15 years +
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
If there is a single wine we have made to date that speaks most of site it is this one. At 5 years old there is still primary fruit presence, red berries and spice with an underlay of earthy, briar and thyme. Gentle aromatic lift disguises subtle power and depth in the bouquet. Raspberry notes are woven through dusty graphite, almost liquorice like, perfume, all washed over wet slatey rocks. There is a breeze of Quartz dust or silica that is reminscant of the vineyard dust in the air. The wine is fine boned as well. Juicy red fruit on the entry with vibrant acidity picks up and carries the structure of the wine almost immediately. Open and airy with fine but long tannins that have resonant texture. Lingering and bright, there is still plenty of youth in this wine so a wonderful wine to drink now but will continue to evolve given a few more years in bottle, if you can wait that long!
Vineyard Notes
Clone: 50% Abel, 25% 115, 777 15%

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