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Muse Pinot Noir 2011

Drinking Guide


Drink 2014-2026



Planted from cuttings collected by Claudio Alcorso on holiday in Burgundy in 1963, the combination of our Pinot vines and site gives this wine a unique character. Our shallow soils, sitting on sandstone, have kept yields low, while the sea breeze slows flavour development. Picked at the height of perfumed floral flavours, this vintage has resulted in fine tannins and colours. Intensely perfumed and spiced nose, there’s a core of dark fruit at play with boardroom oak and a touch of fungal mushroom and earth beneath ready to reveal with the swirl of a glass. Intense flavours, bright and fresh, wild ferment driven texture precede an elegant body with super fine and plentiful tannins. They build in height, supported by a seam of acidity to a crescendo before descending hand in hand with a complex set of spring alpine red berry flavours

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Technical Details

A heavier and more robust style showing the principles of the Muse series in that 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 from primarily 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 higher quite good and disease was minimal despite the season. Effort was made in picking within blocks to obtain separate fruit batches for fermentation