Retention of fruit character is always important. Processing involved cold soak of the must for a few days and included approximately 30% whole bunches in the ferment. No post ferment maceration was
under taken. Oak maturation was predominantly in used French oak barriques and puncheons, an bottled at the 9-month mark.
Brokenwood has been producing Pinot Noir from the Indigo Vineyard since 2002. As there are three clones planted over different sites, there is opportunity to process as a number of different parcels; hence we have the Varietal wines as well as Single Vineyard wines.
Good winter rain followed by an almost perfect growing season resulted in healthy vines with a balanced canopy. 160mm of rain in late January brought on a very compact harvest for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Thankfully the clouds cleared and all were varieties picked in clear weather.
Duck and Pinot is a classic combination, also try with quail and steak tartare.
Drinking well now however will improve with further bottle age.