A NOTE FROM OUR WINEMAKERS
The power of fruit from the Tamar Valley effortlessly matched by the poise and fine tannin of Pipers River.
Director of Winemaking
THE FINER DETAILS
With fruit from vineyards on either side of the Tamar Valley, this wine shows why everyone is mad for Tasmania Pinot Noir. Deeply coloured and with a heady perfume of flowers and dark cherries, it has concentrated berry fruit flavours with satisfying charry oak, velvety tannin and a long finish.
Above-average winter and spring rainfall set up good ground moisture. Continuing cold and wet conditions in spring affected fruit set and led to slightly below-average yields. The season was long and cool and rain late in the season provided challenges for some vineyards, but harvest was back to nearer the long-term average, after the record-breaking early harvest of 2016. Slow and steady ripening produced fruit with deep and complex flavours and ripe tannin balanced with fresh natural acidity.
The fruit was handpicked in mid-April. Wild ferments with 10% whole bunches started spontaneously after several days cold soaking and were hand-plunged twice daily. The wine was matured for 11 months in Burgundian coopered French oak barriques, one-third new.