2013 Firebird Pinot Noir
Grape growing is not without its challenges with a brief burst of high heat early February and then significant tropical rain to break the heat creating a challenge. However, mild and sunny ripening weather in the last 4 weeks of veraison has produced grapes with fantastic fruit characters and excellent balanced acidity. Well developed canopies and below average yields provided the perfect environment for the harvesting of a full flavoured Pinot Noir.
In total four batches of fruit (MV6, 114 and 115 clones) were handpicked to protect the colour and the quality of the grapes. Each batch was gently crushed and destemmed retaining as many whole berries as possible with the aim of maximising varietal characters. The grapes were fermented in a variety of vessels ranging from 2.0 tonnes to 5 tonnes with time on skins between 12 and 20 days. To add complexity one batch was fermented with with 50% whole bunches and stalks. At this point we channelled the “must” into two fermentation streams – “wild” and “selected” yeast streams – nothing like a good challenge for the winemaking team!
Each batch was plunged between three and four times a day until dry. Maturation was completed in French oak barrels ranging from 1st fill (new) to 4th fill in age.
Winemaking responsibilities rest with Mark Kozned and all our wines are made at our Revenir winery located in the Adelaide Hills. The 2013 wine is our 4th vintage made at the 2000 tonne Revenir winery which we acquired from Australian Vintage at the beginning of 2011 in a joint venture with Peter Leske.
The 2013 Firebird Pinot Noir is made to be an elegant but serious wine that will age well. It has the finesse and delicacy that the cooler parts of the Hills produce as well as some of the riper characters produced from warmer north facing blocks - it is made to be a serious Pinot Noir!
Gold Medal - 2014 Adelaide Hills Wine Show
Winemakers –Mark Kozned
Alcohol – 13.0%
pH – 3.4
TA – 6.3 g/L