Mill Hill Pinot Noir 2016

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Mill Hill Pinot Noir 2016

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Product Code: mornington-peninsula-mill-hill-pinot-noir-2016
Mornington Peninsula, Polperro Mill Hill Pinot Noir

Mornington Peninsula, Polperro Mill Hill Pinot Noir

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Additional Information

Brand Polperro
Region Mornington Peninsula
Year 16

Mill Vineyard - Altitude: 270m above sea level  Coordinates: 38*21’48’’ south, 144* 58’38’ East Average rainfall: 900mm Clone:  MV6 (2.5 acres)  Cropping:  1.9 tons/acre Planted : 1994  Trellising system:  VSP and cane pruned Vineyard orientation : gentle northly slope  with vineyard rows running due North

The vineyard is managed without using  herbicides or insecticides and the use of biological and good cultural practices is maximised to control disease. For the most part only organically permitted fungicides are used to control disease in the vineyard, however, on rare occasions, systemic fungicides are needed.  Our plan is to gradually convert the vineyard to become organic once the vineyard’s immune system is fully developed.

Wine Making

Baume: 13.4   ph 3.3  t.a 6.8  Analysis: pH: 3.63  T/A  6.3 g/l   FSO2 : 26ppm TSo2 : 80ppm Alc:  13.4%v/v  Dissolved oxygen: 0.33 mg/L 

The fruit is handpicked and destemmed into a 2 ton open fermenter as whole berries and left to start fermenting naturally.  It is not touched until a 2-3 drop in baume , which allows fermentation to occur inside the grape berr and  I believe increases the aromatics of the finished wine. Once fermentation starts strongly then the ferment is handplunged 2-3 times per day for 15 days. The  wine is left on skins for post ferment maturation for another 15 days.  It is than pressed off skins and racked to barrel. 30 % new oak and predominately Sirugue extra tight grain Light toast. In spring the wine is racked and returned to barrel. After a total of 16 months barrel maturation the wine is bottled without fining or filtration.

Tasting Notes

Up front and powerful, this wine hits with its intensity. Wild strawberries and forest floor on the nose. Velvety cherries, dried herbs and well integrated tannins on the palate. Finishing with strong minerality, typical to the granite soil from Mill Hill vineyard. A wine showing a true sense of terroir.

Review Sam Coverdale is making some of the peninsula’s best pinot at Polperro. With a medium red/purple colour, this single-vineyard wine has a bouquet loaded with dark cherry, liqueur cherry aromas of charm and complexity. It’s at the fuller bodied end of the pinot spectrum, deliciously succulent and extraverted. Huon Hooke- 96 Points
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