The 2010 season was warm and even with fewer frost events than the 2009 season. Bud burst across our vineyard blocks occurred on the 10th of October 2009 with an even and safe flowering in early December. While the winds prevailed during the harvest the sun continued to shine as the grapes ripened to perfection. A harvest that allows every viticulturist and winemaker to rest is a little easier. The picking crew was kept especially busy trying to maintain the pace as we had many blocks ripening consecutively.
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Winery Tasting Notes
An exciting harvest for us. As the tractors came rolling into the winery every berry looked exceptional. The small berries exploded with flavour and the seed tannins were ripe. Even chewing the stems, which we do to test for ripeness for possible whole bunch inclusion, was not as distasteful as it sounds. Hence forth some of our best batches had between 10-15% whole bunches incorporated into the must. We fermented the fruit in two types of tanks each designed to extract different aspects of Pinot Noir. Our square tanks have been designed for very ripe and concentrated fruit to allow for extracting the weight and depth out of very serious grapes while our smaller round open topped tanks are used for expressing aroma and finesse from fruit from our lighter soils. Post fermentation the wines were tasted daily to ensure we were not over extracting seed tannin from such concentrated berries. The wine was pressed and transferred by gravity to new and old French oak barrels and allowed to mature in our temperature & humidity controlled cellar for 12 months.
Any colour chemist would be proud of the colour of the 2010 Pinot Noir as it is deep ruby in colour with a bright and vibrant purple hue.
The aroma is as the berries tasted at harvest, great concentration of dark red fruits with the depth of a firm tannin backbone.
On the palate its strength is covering a suggestion of a bouquet of autumn berry fruit with dark chocolate and earthy undertones. It has great length of flavour and on its release it will be a classic Pisa Pinot Noir and will cellar for 8-10 years