Introducing 'Mason Vineyard' Pinot Noir
27 February 2018
Introducing Chard Farm’s Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir - our latest edition single vineyard.
How is the Mason Vineyard different from the Tiger and Viper Pinot Noir?
The Mason Vineyard is the highest of the three vineyards, and has the oldest soils. The combination of the cooler elevation and the older soils gives the wine good structure, the fruit and tannin balance has tautness and tension, and there is a pronounced minerality to the acid line making this wine perfect for long term cellaring.
The Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir on the nose is instantaneously inviting with its intense red cherry and star anise spice. The wine then transcends onto the palate with beautiful red fruit upfront, earthy thyme notes on the mid palate, leaving a lasting linger of deep exotic spices.
And the vineyard itself?
The vineyard is in the Parkburn sub-region of the Cromwell Basin and was planted in 1999. It is a unique and captivating site on a north facing frost free slope. The wine is predominately made up of a parcel of Abel clone Pinot Noir that grows on a steep ridge within the block. We favour the grapes that grow there because the vines seem to struggle more than the rest of the block and the fruit that is produced has smaller bunches and more intense flavours as a result. The vineyard is individually planted in blocks, with each parcel of fruit from specific sites being unique, offering character and charm to this remarkably distinctive wine.
As with all our single vineyards, the grapes are handpicked and sorted, and the wine itself spends 11 months in lightly toasted French Barrels (20% new and rest neutral). It is carefully bottled and cellared for 2 years until it is ready for release. Drinking well after 2 years but will come into itself if you have the patience of cellaring for another 6-7 years.