2019 100% Malmsbury Pinot Noir
A slightly more extracted and serious style of this northern Macedon pinot. 100% whole bunch as always.
In the glass
When I was a kid I would knock around with a couple of older boys - Lachy and Rhys Ford. I was an obedient pain in their arse. They were from a local family who farmed some sheep, trained trots and ran the local dairy - delivering milk to supermarkets and shops. They were then and still are some of the better sports blokes in Castlemaine - I was not.
Anyway - this wine smells just like the sheet of ply their Grandma would squash the blackberry bush with. We’d walk up it and under our weight it would squash the canes of the bush, allowing us to get to the ripest fruit. Grandma would make jam from the massive hauls we'd pull in after driving around the countryside looking for bushes.
Aromatics are full of fruit, dried spice and fresh green lift.
Abundant dark blackberry and raspberry fruit on the palate wrapped in a little fresh phenolic lick some sweet oak. The wine is satisfying in its light weight and dark fruit with a salty, salivating finish. Persistent structure. Lovely match for richer dishes and will handle some spice.
Rush Brothers vineyard, a little under 2 acres of MV6, D5V12 and Mariafeld clones planted in 88’ on own roots. Soils are basalt with rusted basalt and quartz.
Slightly earlier pick than previously, fermented in a single large old oak vat, 100% whole bunch.
Slightly longer maceration than in other years - twelve days in all, beginning with nine days without any touching then three days of gentle foot crushing.
Elevage with fine lees in a lovely selection of older barriques and hogsheads (between three and sixteen years old). Very regular topping for 10 months, racked and settled in January and bottled February 12th 2020, 0.04 g/l total sulphur under very good natural cork.