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2018 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum

2018 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: MV6, Abel, Pommard
Harvested: March 2018
Bottled: January 2019
Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
TA (g/L): 6.2
pH: 3.52
Cellaring: Two - ten years

A fantastic Spring with highly successful flowering allowed us to shoot thin and cluster select down to one bunch per shoot. The whole ripening season was a little earlier than average and despite some good January rain, the overall growing season was relatively dry. We picked fruit with lower sugars but with beautiful flavour and stem ripeness. The resulting wines have lower alcohol, but similar acid levels to the 2017, but with a little more tannin structure. All the 18 Pinots have lovely perfume, colour and a very generous mouthfeel.

Hand-picked without additions.
All the MV6 parcels were divided equally into a whole bunch and destemmed components. The Pommard and Abel were both destemmed and given a long cold soak. Total whole bunch is about 40%.
All fermentations were indigenous.
Pressed at dryness to new and used 228L tight grain French barriques for 10 months – 18% new, 82% older.
All parcels were kept separate until a late December blending
Bottled by gravity with no fining or filtration.

The Vineyard:
Location: Gladysdale
Planted: 1997
Elevation: 300 meters
Soil type: Grey clay loam over black (basalt) volcanic base|
Aspect: East facing slopes
Size: 29 acres
Applejack Vineyard, in the upper Yarra Valley, was planted by respected viticulturist Ray Guerin and is managed by his son Mark. The higher altitude results in a cooler and extended growing season, ideally suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (3-4 weeks later than central Yarra valley). Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is close planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate.

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