Mad Russian Pinot Noir
The Adelaide Hills is begining to gain a reputation as a region that can grow fine and elegant Pinot Noir wines after largely being a source of Pinot Noir grapes for Sparkling base wines. The region is an excellent source for Sparkling base wines with its warm (but not too hot) days and its cool nights but now a focus on lower yields, better canopy mangemnet and moderate water and chemical use is producing some excellent table Pinot Noir wines.
The 2013 growing season was a fantastic year for red wines from the Adelaide Hills with moderate yields, perfect ripening conditions of warm days and cool nights giving the vines time to rest and grow. The grapes for the 2013 Mad Ruissian Pinot Noir wine were harvested in one batch late February 2013. This wine was sourced from our Tunnel Hill Vineyard located in just outside of Gumeracha in the Adelaide hills.
The ferment took place in a 8 tonne open top fermenter. Cap management and colour extraction was managed through a combination of daily plunging and juice pump-overs. The 2013 wne was our first experiment with large format natural fermentation where we only used the indigenous yeats ("wild") present on the berries. The 2013 wineis 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 our warmer northern site.
The final wine exhibits a fresh red colour with a light hue on the edge. The wine has a fragrant nose with varietal characteristics of red berries, cherries and hints of earth. A gentle French oak influence adds to the full mid-palate and savoury finish. The wine is ready to drink now or will cellar well and reach its full potential in 3 to 5 years.
Winemaker – Mark Kozned
Region – Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley
Alcohol – 13.5%
pH – 3.46
TA – 6.6 g/L
Note: You can select single bottles but total for an order must be 12 bottles (or more).