Firebird Pinot Noir
Variety – Pinot Noir (clones 114, 115 and MV6)
Alcohol – 13.0% (wild ferment)
pH – 3.46
TA – 6.3 g/L
91 points – Halliday Wine Companion
The 2014 Firebird Pinot Noir is a single vineyard, estate grown and made wine solely sourced from our Tunnel Hill Vineyard located on Norseworthy Road, Forreston with an average elevation of 480 metres. The grapes are grown on an ironstone-light-clay soil with Blocks 7 and 9 facing East and Block 8 facing West utilising the Vertical Shoot Position training method.
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The 2014 growing season started like any other normal season for the Adelaide Hills. A cool Spring with budburst close to the norm were matched with cool nights and warm days. A brief burst of heat late January was then blown away by a tropical rain event mid-February and significantly lower temperatures thereafter. With good canopies and moderate yields, the Pinot grapes were protected by the change in the weather and the season produced grapes with fantastic colours, delicate fruit characters and some lovely silky acids and tannins.
In 2014 we brought in 3 different batches from our three different blocks aligned to each clone. Each batch was assessed for ripeness of both the fruit and the rachis (stalk) and then the ferment treatment was decided. Block 7, which has the MV6 clone, was judged to be the least ripe with a semi green rachis so it was gently destemmed and then fermented on whole berries. Block 8, the 114 clone, was judged to be the ripest with lovely berries as well as a lovely green/brown rachis and was fermented 50% whole bunch and 50% whole berry. Block 9, the 115 clone, had the least ripe berries but a fantastic rachis so it was fermented whole berry with 4 large buckets of rachis added to the ferment. Each ferment was completed using “wild’ yeast and spent between 14 and 22 days on skins and then pressed based on taste. Maturation was completed in French oak barrels ranging from 1st fill (new) to 4th fill in age.
The wine displays hints of violet blues, spice (I get sage), aniseed, cherries and forest floor characters both on the nose and palate. The 2014 wine has softer and more rounded tannins than the Gold medal winning 2013 vintage and displays a more traditional Pinot style.