mason vineyard pinot noir 2019
The Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine grown on our Mason vineyard in the Parkburn sub-region of the Cromwell Basin.
It is a unique and captivating site with a north facing frost free slope. The wine is predominately made up of a parcel of Abel clone that grows on the steep north facing “O” block. We favour the grapes that grow there because of the underlying clay and pedogenic lime layers. These vines seem to struggle more than the rest of the block, causing the fruit that is produced to have smaller bunches with more intense flavours as a result. It beautiful spicy and the fruit is elegant and sinewy on the palate. At the same time, we also harvest a smaller amount of clone 777 & 667 grown on either side of the Abel clone, this gives the wine good tannin structure and fruit weight.
An enticing bouquet of exotic spice, dark cherry fruit and a lingering floral perfume. On the palate there is wonderful depth and backbone. The cherry and spice flavours are served on a plate of slate like notes that give the finish a delightful mineral intensity and tension.