Pinot Noir ... the red grape of Burgundy.

Woodhaven Vineyard Pinot Noir

Our Pinot Noir is a blend of clones planted in 2002.

A small planting of just 720 Pinot Noir vines is split evenly between MV6 and 115 clones which are blended in the wine.  In 2016, we expect to incorporate our 2009 planting of clone '777' to add a further layer of flavour to the wine.

We aim for an elegant wine of finesse and the simple expression of the fruit.   Our wine-making approach is to bring out the character of our fruit and rely on bottle age to bring complexity.  

The cool climate ensures slow ripening of the berries and we usually pick in late March or April.  The natural yeasts on the berries are used to ferment the wine to contribute a unique character.  

We pick the berries by hand when fully ripe and make this single vineyard Pinot Noir in our own onsite winery.  The grape bunches are gently de-stemmed and allowed to cold soak until the natural ferment starts.   We hand plunge the must to extract tannin and colour from the skins during ferment and leave the wine on the skins for a few days post ferment.

The wine is pressed off skins and transferred to barriques after 18 to 21 days in an open fermenter.  For subtle oak character, the wine matures for 18 months in a mix of new and used 228 litre barriques of tight grain, minimum toast french oak from the Alliers forest.  The wine is not fined or filtered.

The Pinot Noir shows cherry aromas, fine tannin structure and length on the palate.