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Coverdale Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022

REGION

Mornington Peninsula

TASTING

Sweet raspberry and black cherries on the nose with some oak spice. Bright and clean onthe palate, with red fruits and ripe berry cola. Oak is present but integrated, combiningwith velvety tannins that all play a hand in this delicious Pinot Noir.

WINEMAKING

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The fruit is handpicked and destemmed into 2 ton open fermenters as whole berries and left to start fermenting naturally. It is not touched until a 2-3° drop in baumé, which allows fermentation to occur inside the grape berry to increase the aromatics of the finished wine. Once fermentation starts strongly then the ferment is hand plunged 2-3 times per day for 15 days. The wine is left on skins for post ferment maturation for another 15 days. It is then 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.

VINEYARD

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The Coverdale vineyard, winemaker and owner Sam Coverdale’s family vineyard, is situated on a northerly slope with vineyard rows orientated to the north east. It is a very sheltered site sitting in a little valley looking north out towards the Dandenong Ranges. With protection from strong winds to the south, east, west and north there is even ripening throughout and as a result it is the first of the single vineyards to pick each year with lovely mid-palate fruit weight and structured tannins.

Elevation: 160M
Harvest date: mid-March
Planted on 101-14 rootstocks

Pinot Noir clone MV6 1 acre. planted 2010
Pinot Noir clone 115. 1.1 acre. planted 2010
Pinot Noir clone 777. 0.75 acres planted 2010
Pinot Noir Pommard, 0.75 acres planted 2015
Pinot Noir 667 0.7acres planted 2019
Pinot Noir Abel. 0.5 acres planted 2015

The single vineyard wine made from this vineyard is produced exclusively from one acre of MV6 clone. All vines are cane pruned to VSP.

VITICULTURE

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We grow, make and farm our vineyards using a philosophy of  sustainability and regenerative agriculture, applying a mix of  biological, biodynamic and organic practices.

REVIEW

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The 2022 Coverdale Pinot Noir is darker in color than some of its peers, and it leads with a nose also more framed by oak. It sits well within the wine, but it is pronounced. Other aromas include black cherry, chinotto, spring flowers, a hint of cold tea and layers of pomegranate molasses, Satsuma plum and even goji berry. The tannins are firm and fine and shape the wine through the finish. I like this cuvée very much; the balance in the mouth is impressive, although as with all of them, the nose has a slightly metallic (call it “mineral,” if you’re in the mood) nose, which is abruptly altered by swirling. So, this action is recommended to see the best of it, which includes dried rosemary, mint and a hint of game. Coming back to the oak, the toast/grain/forest, etc. complements the fruit spectrum and is well matched to the vineyard site; it helps the wine linger once it has gone and supports the tannins. Great! 13.1% alcohol, sealed under Diam and wax. – 95/100, Erin Larkin – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

PRICE

$110 RRP/ $660 case of 6 / Limit of 1 case per customer