Julicher Pinot Noir 2016

Julicher Estate Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2016

VITICULTURE: This wine is a blend of four different Pinot Noir clones sourced a single block in our vineyard. The season began with early frosts that brought the fruit level naturally down, then the following growing season was ideal for Pinot Noir: warm days followed by cool nights.

WINEMAKING: The grapes were hand-harvested and de-stemmed into small open top vats for fermentation. The must received five days of cool pre-fermentation maceration before the fermentation began. The cap was treated with a punch down three 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. It was racked off lees for blending and filtered for clarity. This is a single block, barrel select wine.

COLOUR: Dark cherry red.

AROMA: Sweet ripe blue and red fruits and lifted rose petal floral notes elegantly lift from the glass, later developing hints of Bergamot orange peel.

PALATE: The bright, vibrant acidity combines with fine chalky tannins to provide an elegance and purity that typifies Te Muna Road Pinot Noir. The clean finish juxtapositions the complex earthy undertones of the mid palate.

Technical Specifications:

Pinot Noir clones 5, 115, 114, and Abel

  • HARVESTED: 5 April till 20 April 2016
  • Harvest Analysis: Brix  22.4-23.6    pH 3.30 – 3.5      TA  8.0-9.6 g/L
  • Oak Maturation: 10 months in French oak barriques
  • BOTTLED: 18 August 2017
  • ALC. 13.0%
  • pH 3.55
  • TA 5.93 g/L

CELLARING POTENTIAL:       Drink from now to 2025