2017 Arfion Spring Pinot - $30

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2017 Arfion Spring Pinot - $30

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Our Spring Pinot is a vibrant style that is made to be drunk early and fresh.

It is bright yet has dark edges, lifted campari, red/blue fruits and earthy aromas with a juicy, vibrant mouthfeel and tannin.

Volume 440 cases

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Yarra Station, Primavera and Willowlake vineyards.

From three Yarra vineyards that have very distinct soil profiles and microclimates that span the breadth of the Valley. By blending the three vineyards we can create complexity and interest without too much winemaking interference.

Vintage

2017 is my 11th vintage in the Yarra and I haven’t seen one as complete or balanced as this.

We had regular water, mild temperatures and near perfect warm days and cool nights for the production of quality, fine tuned grapes.

It didn’t feel easy, but it did feel calm and collected. We had time to eat, drink (heaps of beer) and not stress. I think the wines show this relaxed balance.

Winemaking Stats

Picking Date – 8th to 28th March                   Variety - 100% Pinot Noir              Clone – MV6       

Hand harvested early in the morning to harness the fresh characters of the sites.

The lower Yarra vineyard of Yarra Station (40% of blend) and the Upper Yarra Primavera Vineyard (approx 20%) were 100% carbonic wholebunch fermented for a maximum of 12 days on skins.

While the Willowlake Vineyard (approx 20%) in the Gladysdale subregion was destemmed and gently remontaged over a 14 day fermentation.

All natural alcoholic and malolactic ferments.

The vineyards were blended post pressing to mature in tank and a mixture of old and 1 year old barrels/puncheons to retain their freshness.

Minimal sulphur just prior to going to bottle in Spring with no fining or filtration.

Bottling Date - Mid Sept 2017    pH - 3.65                TA – 5.80 g/L        Alc – 12.5%          RS < 2 g/L