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In 2008 the pinot bunches and the berries were bigger than normal. Normally the berries average 0.8 gram. So for the first time we ran some juice from the pinot fermenting tanks to concentrate the juice to skin ratio.
Usually this would be done straight away and the juice would have very little color, but on this occasion we didn’t run the juice until 30 hours and consequently the juice had picked up quite a bit of color from the skin contact.
Concentrating more on the normal pinot we put the juice in some 2 year old barrels and more or less forgot about it. When we did look at it we were surprised at the result.
This wine is a bit more than a rose. It has more color with a brown tinge from the old barrels. The nose is complex and intriguing , and the palate has some serious texture and mouth feel with good fruit weight.
The wine was bottled directly from the oak barrels with no fining or filtration.
Those of you with knowledge of French will note the incorrect spelling of Saignee. This is the dyslexic spelling of an unnamed Burgundian wine maker.
Altogether a beautiful day wine , but enjoy with caution.
2009 was a low yielding year , and the resulting wine is a real monster.
The hand picked fruit was destemmed and put into 2 and 3 ton fermenters and went to sleep until the natural yeast on the grape skins started their magic.
At dryness the wine was pressed , settled overnight and into French oak barrels.
The wine was left in barrel with no sulphur and went through natural malo fermentation the following spring. Because of the power and concentration of this wine it was left in barrel for over 2 years . The long oak maturation softened the tannins and gave expression to the powerful fruit from this exceptional vintage. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration .As with the 2008 pinot we recommend decanting this wine. The only addition to this wine is a minimum quantity of sulphur. Nothing else. No commercial yeast , no malo bacteria , no tannin , no enzymes , no fining and no acid additions. This wine is a true expression of the Apsley Gorge Vineyard.
Some of you may have noticed the back label has changed. The added text gives a brief explanation of the winemaking as stated above.