Foxtrot Pinot Noir


2014 Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir

Winemaker’s notes | Gustav Allander

A base yield of 28hl per ha from Foxtrot Vineyards’ four blocks of Dijon 115, combined with utmost care for the vines, produced richly flavoured fruit with beautiful colour and varietal character. The fruit was hand harvested October 3rd. The soils in the vineyard transition from gravely soils in the upper blocks to silty loam, sand and clay soils in the lower blocks contributing to the resulting complexity produced by the 20 year old self rooted vines.

2014 Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir Tasting Notes

At the winery the fruit was separated into various lots, 33% whole cluster, and cold macerated for 5 days. After cold maceration the fermentation vats were warmed and fermented using native and cultured yeasts. Manual punch downs were performed over a 14 day period three times per day reducing to twice daily towards the end of fermentation. At the completion of fermentation the juice was transferred into 60% new and 40% second and third fill French Francois Freres oak barrels, where it underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged for a period of 20 months. Prior to bottling the wine was racked and went unfiltered into bottle.

The resulting wine is incredibly balanced with a stunning nose of bright red fruits along with spice and earthy notes. The intensity of the fruit and earthiness continues on the palate and is wonderfully framed by the vibrant acidity and bold silky smooth tannins with a long lingering finish.  Our 2014 Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir can easily be aged for up to 10+ years but can also be consumed in the near term with decanting.

Technical data:

Acid/pH: 6.68 / 3.59
Bottled: September, 2016
Residual sugar: 0.58 g/l
Released: January, 2017
Alcohol: 13.6%