St Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2016
St Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Noir appears in a dark, almost opaque ruby red colour. Dark cherry and wet clay meet your olfactory senses, drawing you into an especially broad and complex experience. Lively and powerful on the palate with ripe tannins and a bright acidity. Clean concentration of dark cherry, cranberry sauce and blueberry fruit flavours with hints of dried flowers and orange peel. Closes in a fresh and lifting finish.
100% Pinot Noir from two blocks in the Freedom Hill vineyard. One block was planted in 2004 with Pommard and Wädenswil, the other block was planted in 2008 with 777. Freedom Hill Vineyard is in the foothills of the Coast Range, 10 miles southwest of Salem, Oregon. During the day, warm air rises from the valley floor ripening the skins. At night, cool ocean breezes act to retain acidity. The vineyard has a composition of old sedimentary soils, the vines have a southwest exposure at an elevation of 158–176 metres.
After destemming, the grapes go through fermentation in 4–8 ton stainless steel fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to proceed naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine ages in French oak barrels (30% new) for 16 months before bottling by gravity without fining.
Ageing potential: up to 12 years
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Attractive aromas of graphite and undergrowth here with a very attractively defined set of ripe red-cherries, as well as spice. The palate has very even-paced build with smooth, ripe tannins and plenty of fleshy, sweet, ripe cherries.
Medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard opens with cranberry sauce, blueberries, bergamot, dried flowers and orange peel with dusty earth and tree bark hints. It has a medium weight and perfumed fruits knit by grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing lifted.