2011 Retrospect Pinot Noir
The 2011 growing season was a balanced growing (but a very wet!) season well suited to the production of
fine and elegant Pinot Noir. Budburst was within 7 days of the average throughout the Hills and the season
opened with warm spring days enhancing shoot growth. Moderate temperatures right up to ripening allowed
for enhanced flavour development. The ripening period wasn't stress free and 700 mm of rain between
November and March (normally 70mm) sure made for a challenge but after numerous bunch thins and hand
picking we got the fruit ripe. The 2011 wine includes fruit from our foray into biodynamic viticulture - a
challenge in the wet ripening season but we stuck to our guns.
In total 5 batches of fruit (MV6, 114 and 115 clones) were handpicked to protect the colour and the quality of
the grapes which like all of our wines are sourced from our 2 family owned vineyards in the Adelaide Hills -
This is truly Estate Grown.
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 0.5 tonnes
to 2 tonnes with time on skins between 12 and 20 days. To add complexity one batch was fermented with
15% whole bunches and another with 30% whole bunches and stalks. Maturation was completed in French
oak barrels ranging from 1st fill to 4th fill in age.
The 2011 Retrospect Noir is made to be an elegant 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 in the warmer northern sites.
Winemakers – Peter Leske and Mark Kozned
Alcohol – 12.5%
pH – 3.5
TA – 6.2 g/L
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar for 5 to 8 years