Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 750ml
Pinot Noir 100%
Doctors Flat Vineyard, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand.
Unfined and unfiltered.
Grower & Winemaker: Steve Davies
Winemaker Tasting Notes: Scented with red rose, dark cherry, plum and spice. Mouthfilling, with dark berry, violet and spice flavours. Finely textured and showing real complexity, flowing to a persistent finish. Enjoy
Cellaring: Rewarding now but worthy of cellaring for ten years or more after the vintage date.
Vineyard & Farming; Doctors Flat Vineyard is a single 3-hectare block in Bannockburn. The soil is old in the context of Otago vineyards, composed of deep gravels laid down by receding glaciers some 480,000 years ago. We now see that the advanced soil age contributes to the fine tannin and good texture of Doctors Flat Pinot Noir.
The vineyard is farmed organically, primarily to support and improve the soil health. We know an abundant soil micro life is good for vine health. The micro life breaks down and transports nutrients and minerals to the vines and that connection between soil and vine contributes to the wine’s character and sense of place.
Winemaking - I use a simple programme of small open tanks, close attention, minimal inputs and a very light hand in the extraction process.
In 2016 27% of the fruit went directly to tank as whole bunches. Fermentation occurred without added yeast. After 26 to 29 days on skins the wine was drained and pressed to French oak barrels (23% new). Malolactic conversion is delayed until spring and SO2 not added until mid summer. After a full 12 months in barrel the wine is racked to tank for a second winter. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration 18 months after harvest.
Clones: Dijon 115, 777, 114
Residual sugar: Nil
Titratable acidity: 4.90 g/L
Harvest dates: April 4th & 6th 2016
Brix in tank: 23.4, 22.9, 22.8, 23.1
Bottled: October 31st, 2017
Production: 970 dozen