2009 Pinot Noir Gladstone

The signature wine for Johner Estate, made from clones 5, 114, 115, 666 and 777, some whole bunch in the fermentation, aged around 15 months in 25% new French oak. Medium-deep ruby-red in colour, this has a firm, tightly bound bouquet of fresh dark berry fruits, violets and black pepper, along with spicy oak. Fullish in body, this has an excellent core of intense dark red berry and cherry fruit flavours with fine-grained tannin extraction providing good structure and support. Some oak spiciness contributes interest and the 13.5% alc. warmth adds to the generosity. The wine is very well-proportioned and its harmony lends results in elegance. Match with Asian roast duck dishes over the next 6-8+ years. 18.0-/20 Mar 2011 RRP $34.00

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

Vintage 2009 was a hot climate and a early year. We picked the clusters at a high level of maturity with a reduced crop of 30 hl/ha. To produce a high quality Pinot a lot of intensive manual vineyard work like de-leafing and reducing the crop is neccessary. We do handpicking and select the berries again on a sorting table in the winery to ensure that only the sane berries are manufactured to wine. The fermentation on the skins took four weeks to extract the colour and supple tannins. After fermentation the wine was aged for 15 months in new (25%) used (75%) oak. We bottled the wine unfiltered in Dezember 2010.

Alcohol: 13,5 % vol.
Acidity: 4,9 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,8 g/l
Sugar free extract: 29,7 g/l

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