2018 Basils Farm Reserve Pinot Noir
Picked in early March, our 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir enjoyed a dry and mild lead up to vintage allowing us to pick on flavour ripeness rather than alcohol. Cool, crisp nights provided the fruit with natural acidity and balance. Whole berries were pressed with some whole bunch fruit, then wild fermented in small open fermenters followed by 12 months maturation in fine-grained French oak and with extended lees contact.
The wine is a mid-garnet to crimson in colour, clear and bright. Briary notes of smoky sour cherry and ripe redcurrant waft from the glass. The palate follows through with layers of mulberry, ripe cherries and spice. While drinking well in its youth, some rest in the cellar will reward the patient, allowing the fine tannins to integrate and soften with time. This wine will benefit from prior decanting.
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