Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021


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The Wine

Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: Abel, MV6, Pommard, D2V5, D5V15
Harvested: March, 2021
Bottled: 21st January, 2022
Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
TA (g/L): 5.1
pH: 3.61
Cellaring: Two - ten years

2021 was a terrific vintage for both vineyard quality and quantity.
We had a wet spring followed by a healthy amount of sunshine and some well-timed rain in January, leading to large green healthy canopies.
The overall temperature during the growing season was lower than average which led to a long slow ripening period and great concentration of flavours and natural tannin structure.
The drawn-out harvest then led to a long slow ripening period which produced thicker skins, riper stems and allowed us to work with more whole bunch fermentation.

Hand picked, all fruit is chilled overnight to 12 degrees Celsius.
Fermented in small oak fermenters and stainless steel open vats.
The MV6 and Pommard parcels were fermented as whole bunches,
while the Abel and D clones were destemmed to whole berries and cold soaked for five days.
The resulting blend is almost 80% whole bunch due to the riper stems this year.
All parcels were matured in French oak – 25% new, 75% older –for eight months in 225L barriques, Taransaud, D&J and Vicard.
Racked to blend, no fining, no filtration.
Bottled by gravity.