2009 Pinot Noir Gladstone noble

Made in the fashion of Assmanhausen late harvest Pinot Noir from the Rheingau, Germany. 90% botrytised Pinot Noir fruit fermented to 9.0% alc. and 170 g/L rs. Light golden straw with a peach blush to the colour, this has a lifted nose showing volatility alongside honey, red currant jelly and caramelised fruit aromas. Very rich, sweet and mouthfilling, this has a soft-textured palate showing delicate red currant fruit flavours along with honey and marmalade. The wine has breadth and the faintest tannin line through the palate, with sufficient, crisp acidity on the finish. A wine of subtle and intriguing flavours, but considerable richness and lusciousness that should provide interesting after dinner sipping for the next 4-5+ years. (375 ml)

This tasting note is from Raymond Chan and can be found here…

Vintage 2009 was a hot climate and a early year. For that reason the grapes were of high ripeness. Hand picking of the dried out clusters was in mid of May. The manufacturing in the winery took place in a very gentle way. After the berries were pressed we have started with a cool and very long fermentation of two months. At the end of the fermentation we were proud of our new release after vintage 2005, very balanced in sweetness and acidity.