2021 Intrinsic Pinot Noir
We look forward to these releases every year. Notes from Owen Latta.
Wow 2021 was such a perfect season, low pressure farming, excellent flowering, everything went to plan in the vineyard with our organic practices, a very good feeling knowing all the input in the season might have good output on some really lovely wines. The vines are MV6 clone grown on Volcanic grey loam soils over weathered basalt sitting at 430m alt, plantings ranging from 40 - 27 years. This September we’re planting another 2000 Pinot Noir vines using 115 clone, exciting times 40 years on from our 1st establishment. Blocks harvested from 4/04 - 6/4/21, all destemmed into our original 3000L concrete fermenters using no pumps, as always spontaneous fermentation via our indigenous yeasts, pump overs twice daily, vats basket pressed 19/04/2021 - 20/04/2021, transferred into 228L barriques of various coopers, topped monthly, sulphur added post malo in November, racked from barrels in late march 2022 no fining or filtering, bottled on 21/10/22. A small amount of sulphur post malo & pre bottling. If you've been following us you'll know that 1997 & 2001 are pretty special vintages to us, 2021 feels like it might be joining that same club. Perfect for right now but will also cellar for potentially 20 years or more.