Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Region: Orange NSW Australia
Vineyard Altitude: 900 m
Oak Maturation: Barrel fermentation and maturation in new and aged French oak casks.
The wine is brilliant deep crimson red in colour with a tinge of brick brown. The wine demonstrates the benefits of using many traditional French Burgundy winemaking techniques, comprising of barrel fermentation, extended lees and skin contact, malolactic fermentation, and hot fermentation. These methods have produced a very complex wine, showing cherry, spice and strawberry like varietal fruit aromas with ‘sweet’ vanillin oak characters derived from barrel fermentation in French oak and storage of 12 months in oak.
A full flavoured medium bodied wine, with great length and solid structure, offering soft cherry and plum like ripe Pinot Noir flavours, complemented by fine grained tannins and attractive lingering French oak characters finishing with a crisp acidity. The wine is a good example of Highland Heritage Estate Pinot Noir from the cold climate of Orange. It provides immediate drinking pleasure, or alternatively, it will continue to gain complexity with up to 10 years cellaring.