“1912″ by Lindis River 2011 Pinot Noir
2011 yielded a crop perfectly balanced between quality and quantity which allowed us to offer a second wine, still made from our own vineyard. It is a lighter style of Pinot Noir, made in the same fashion as our main Lindis River wine, but not aged as long in French oak barrels (9 months). The aim was to release this wine with one year of bottle age rather than the customary two years for our main wine. Release date: September 2012, 500 cases produced.
The result is an instantly appealing Pinot Noir with bright cherry and blueberry flavours, supported by spice characters from the oak maturation. It has a soft palate with velvety mouthfeel. It will further develop through 2015.
2008 Pinot Noir
2008 saw a large crop which required careful selection to enable us to keep up the standard of our Lindi River Pinot Noir. A final barrel selection after ten months of oak aging resulted in this wine. I was then further aged in bottle for another year.
The wine shows bright, vibrant, spicy redcurrant and bramble aromatics. It is a warm, richly textured wine with some whole bunch earth character, soft tannins and a strong finish. It will mature further and develop ages characters as all of our wines have done, over the next years. Best drinking 2012-2015. 600 cases made.
2007 Pinot Noir
The 2006/2007 season in the vineyard was disappointing. Rain and strong winds during flowering of the vines in December resulted in a heavily reduced crop. However, late summer and early autumn provided ideal conditions for the grapes and the little crop achieved good ripeness and superb flavours.
The small and concentrated berries have translated into concentrated flavours in the wine. It allowed us to introduce a little more spice into the wine by using more Vosges in our barrel regime. We import our own barrels from an artisan cooper in Burgundy/France, which we have exclusively used for the first time in this 2007 wine. Typically, we work with 30% new barrels each year.
Again, the wine spend 12 months in oak and was released in April 2010, 400 cases produced. It shows dark cherry, blackberry, violet and spice aromatics (clove, cinnamon, star anis). On the palate, the wine delivers concentrated berry flavours with savoury characters, supported by lots of texture and finesse, culminating in a long finish. It is still in its youthful stage and, kept in good condition, will continue to deliver more complex flavours until 2015.
Lindis River 2004 Pinot Noir (Magnum)
To commemorate our first commercial wine release we bottled some of our 2004 Pinot Noir in magnum (1.5 litre) bottles. Wine in larger format bottles matures more slowly and it is a pleasure to be able to taste a fully mature Pinot Noir when it has reached its peak. The wine has been cellared in optimum conditions and we guarantee its quality.
The 2004 Pinot Noir shows black currant, bramble and spice aromatics. It has a silky soft texture with fine grained tannins and a lingering balanced finish. It impresses with its purity of fruit and elegant poise.
The extra age in bottle has mellowed the tannins and acidity, softening the wine out. The initial fruit notes have developed into more mature aromas of mushroom, leather and undergrowth.