Julicher Estate 99 Rows Pinot Noir 2012
Viticulture - This wine is a blend of different Pinot Noir clones sourced from different blocks in our vineyard in Te Muna Road and a vineyard in Martinborough Terraces.
Winemaking - The grapes were hand-harvested and de-stemmed into a small open top vats for fermentation. The must received a 4 to 5 day cool pre-fermentation maceration before the fermentation begun. The cap was treated with a punch down 3 times daily during the peak of fermentation. After fermentation finished, the wine was pressed into new and old French oak barrels for maturation and underwent complete malolactic fermentation in the spring. The wine was racked off lees and blended, and filtered for clarity.
Colour - Dark Cherry Red
Aroma - Earthy and toasty with cherries, plums and hint of dried herbs, mocha and leather.
Palate - Complex, savoury, mouth filling and soft wine with spicy cherries, plums and sweet berries.
Variety and Clones - Pinot Noir clones 5,6, 114, 115, 667, 777 & Abel
Harvest Dates - 16.4.-6.5. 2012
Harvest Analysis - Brix 20.5-22.5 pH 3.35-3.50 TA 7.6-10.1 g/L
Oak Maturation - 10 months in 20% new French oak
Bottling Date - 2013
Wine Analysis - Alc. 12.32% pH 3.65 TA 5.4g/L
Cellaring Potential - Drink from now to 2017