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Praxis Pinot Noir 2015

Drinking Guide


Drink 2016-2022

This single vineyard Pinot noir is hand crafted from multiple batches of hand-picked grapes. It’s designed to drink early but will reward short term cellaring. It offers a bouquet of fresh berries, cherries, plums, rose petals and the sweet spices of french oak. With a light body, unfolding shape, texture and fine dusty tannins, it’s easy to drink. A brilliant low yielding vintage saw flavours ripen and high levels of natural acidity retained.

Winemakers Comments
Vintage Description
Technical Details

For quite a few years now I have tried to allow the combination of various batches of fruit from St. Matthias to define our resulting wine style. Essentially a softer and silkier tannin with less time in oak coupled with a more fruit forward style but tempered with some wild yeast complexity. This vintage is no different however I have again pushed to try to harvest fruit slightly lower in ripeness to try to avoid higher alcohol content. I have also allowed a very slightly higher amount of new wood (from 16% to now 20%) to try to hold the fruit but provide slightly richer oak character. I’ve had a number of older vintages that have matured very well, however I continue to think this wine is best suited to enjoy within two years. The fruit was left on the vine until flavour profiles showed an increase in fruity characters before it was hand-picked. Vintage 2015 turned out to be one of the strongest vintages I’ve ever had the pleasure of working. While it was challenging in terms of logistics, I think fruit quality rivals 2012. The main difference is that 2015 saw better flavour development at lower sugars and higher acidity. For these reasons, I prefer the wines of 2015.