the Tiger Pinot Noir 2017
The bouquet offers an alluring mix of cinnamon and clove spice, red cranberry fruits morphing into red cherry, with underlying fresh herbal notes. The red fruit and spice flavours flow through the palate giving nice freshness at the back. Layers of very fine silky tannins coat the palate with a satiny mouth feel playing with the vividly presented acid to give a long and sustained ending.
The Tiger Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine made from grapes grown in our Tiger vineyard in the Lowburn sub-region. The vineyard is on sloping land up off the valley floor and this elevated cooler position allows the vineyard to ripen slowly, building layer upon layer of flavour nuance and soft silky tannins. The wines from this vineyard typically display spicy aromatic red berry fruits and violets. The palate is characterised by a broad structure and layers of fine integrated tannin and fruit which is more textural than structural. The Tiger is always quite shy and reticent in its youth and after 4-5 years in bottle, it really blossoms and expresses itself.