Hawkshead - "First Vines" Pinot Noir 2018 750ml

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The slightly slower ripening of vines in the Gibbston Valley enhances the development of colour and flavour. Signature Gibbston wines deliver beautiful, uplifting aromatics which are inviting to all discerning drinkers.

A richly coloured, ruby Pinot Noir

These particular older vines have graced us with a sophisticated wine, which we believe is a pure expression of Gibbston. The nose displays uplifting aromatics of bright red fruits, violet, earthiness and wild herb.

The mineral-driven palate accentuates the sweet, vibrant red cherry, subtle spice and elegant floral notes. 2018 shows excellent concentration with uplifting acidity and ripe, seamless tannins. A perfect premium wine with finesse, drive and poise. It will cellar exceptionally well, although it is immensely enjoyable now.

The grapes were hand- harvested and selected in late April. The grapes spent, on average 28 days on skins, plunged once per day. Pressed at dryness and settled for two days before being racked to barrel.

100% fruits from Gibbston.

Whole bunch: 55%

Time in barrel: 8 months (37.5% new oak).

Winemaker: Dean Shaw.

188 cases produced.