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Fancrest Estate
Pinot Noir
2014

Grown under a certified organic programme (BioGro #5124) on our Estate. This was the fourth vintage made entirely on the Estate.

A mild spring, a warm summer and an early autumn produced a perfect season for the early pick varieties with volumes well up on previous years..

Hand harvested; 100% destemmed without crushing into open top fermenters, wild ferment helped along only by gentle hand plunging. This was followed by a long slow post fermentation maceration. Maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise), none new, for 18 months. 

Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Contains no additions and very low levels of sulphites. Bottled under screw-cap in light-weight glass.


Fancrest Estate
Pinot Noir
2011

Grown under a certified organic programme (BioGro #5124) on our Estate. This was the first vintage made entirely on the Estate.

The season was influenced by La Nina weather conditions, resulting in a very mild spring, a warm summer with high sunshine hours and a long, lingering autumn. In spite of being dry we had infrequent, but well-spaced showers keeping the vines very happy. It was one of the earliest seasons experienced in the region.
At picking the fruit was in beautiful condition and physiologically ripe.

Hand harvested; 100% destemmed without crushing into open top fermenters, wild ferment helped along only by gentle hand plunging. We basket pressed around 30 days of skin contact. Maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise), 10% new, for 11 months. 

Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Contains no additions and very low levels of sulphites. Bottled under screw-cap in light-weight glass.


Fancrest Estate
Pinot Noir
2012

Grown under a certified organic programme (BioGro #5124) on our Estate. This was the second vintage made entirely on the Estate.

This was one of the cooler summers in the Waipara Valley although it was followed by a lingering dry autumn. The vineyard went through two hail storms in Summer. We hand thinned out all the damaged bunches leaving an unusually small harvest with terrific cool climate varietal flavours with good natural acidity.

Hand harvested; 100% destemmed without crushing into open top fermenters, wild ferment helped along only by gentle hand plunging. We basket pressed immediately 0 brix was achieved. The completion of fermentation and maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise), none new, for 11 months. 

Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Contains no additions and very low levels of sulphites. Bottled under screw-cap in light-weight glass.


Fancrest Estate
Pinot Noir
2010

Grown in conversion to organics (BioGro #5124) on our Estate in. 7 years old vines.  

A dream season... perfect cool climate growing conditions. Bud-burst was earlier than usual, flowering less prolific, and harvest later than usual. A long late summer provided us with an opportunity to get both skin and seed tannins really ripe with great cool climate Pinot Noir flavours.

We harvested 4 tonnes. We avoided the temptation to push young vines, and dropped bunches from slower vines on harder, thinner soils. In the older blocks we still did not take a full crop.

Hand harvesting began on 26 April, and ended on 28 April. The harvest was unusually compact, time-wise... a reflection of the way the vines caught up in the late Indian Summer conditions. 100% destemmed without crushing into open top fermenters. 

Fermentation began naturally, helped along only by gentle hand plunging. We basket pressed after about 23 to 39 days total maceration on the skins. Maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise), about 30% new, for 11 months. 

Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Contains low levels of sulphites. Bottled under screw-cap in light-weight glass.

Needed time to reveal its full potential.  Vibrant juicy red fruit (redcurrant and cherry), and black (plum and black cherry) with finely balanced acidity and subtle oak. Mineral. Silky but powerful tannins. This wine is expected to take on a complex savoury character with floral high tones as is typical for the Estate's wines. Tannin-tartrate crystal sediment expected to develop in the bottle allowing the wine to soften naturally. 

Fancrest Estate
Pinot Noir
2007

Grown biologically on our own Estate. 4 year old vines in their first year of production produced only around 120 cases.

Our sloping terrain allowed us to escape the spring frosts that weren't so kind to others in the valley. December 06 was however extremely cold, giving us a wonderful introduction to cool climate wine-growing. Interrupted flowering resulted in very small, open clusters with tiny berries which ripened well in the warm, dry and settled Autumn.

Hand harvesting began on 4 April 2007, and ended on 27 April. Ripeness was such that the harvest was 90% destemmed without crushing. Natural wild fermentation in a combination of small vats and barrels, was helped along only with gentle hand plunging. We basket pressed after about 16 days maceration on the skins. Maturation took place in a selection of quality tight grained French oak barriques (mainly Allier and Tronçaise and our ultra expensive Dom Laurent Magic Casks), about 60% new, for 11 months. Fined with organic egg whites. Bottled under screw-cap. Released late 2010.

A small but very good vintage. Hints of graphite, earth, incense, and spice over dark berry fruits (cherry and plum) mingle seamlessly with complex floral and savoury notes. Deep colour and good concentration. Continues to develop in the glass till the bottle is empty. Alcohol, acid and oak are in perfect balance making the wine very drinkable on release. Fine-grained, almost chalky, tannin structure, together with juicy fruit sweetness fills the mouth and the senses, and the moderately long finish ensures you enjoy every sip. It has the potential to age gracefully.