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Muse Pinot Noir 2012

Drinking Guide


Drink 2015-2027

Winter rains, gentle spring breezes, summer sun and a dry autumn helped create an ideal vintage. This is classical, understated and profound Pinot noir. Hand-picked at the height of flavour complexity, dark blue and black berries, cherries and plums introduce a classical fragrance of wild violets, tea, incense and sandalwood. Matured in French oak, there’s a seamless silky flow to the palate; the body is elegant yet generous, flavours are intense, tannins fine and bountiful and the acid is balanced. This wine will cellar very well; improving for the first five years, offering balance of young and mature flavours from five to ten, and a mature, genteel wine for the next five.

Winemakers Comments
Vintage Description
Technical Details

A heavier and more robust style showing the principles of the Muse series. It was blended to show a balance between fruit derived and oak derived aromas and flavours. The result is a wine displaying fresh berries and spice with hints of tobacco and leather. Powerful, balanced and complex, this wine will benefit from bottle maturation. This wine contrasts to the Praxis in that there is a higher percentage of whole bunch ferments and carbonic maceration, the impact on tannin and texture is important in bottle maturability and food matching all typical of our southern vineyard. The fruit was sourced primarily from the Moorilla vineyard located on the west bank of the Derwent River. The fruit was left on the vine until flavour profiles showed an increase in fruit/ berry characters before it was hand-picked. Yields were quite good and disease was minimal. Effort was made in picking within blocks to obtain separate fruit batches for fermentation. This season showed exceptionally slow flavour uptake despite extremely small berries, hence the higher harvest Baumé compared to average. The small berries were quite ripe for sugar but from looking at the acids, they are not overly high