100% Gamay grown on block 8 of the Napoleone Vineyard. Similar winemaking approach to 2017, with a very different result. The finished wine is 50% whole bunch, but this is made up of 1 x 100% whole bunch ferment, 1 x 50% whole bunch ferment, and an array of goon bags for the cab mac approach. Pressed to old puncheons, sat on lees (unsulphured) for 9 months, racked to tank for two months. No finings, minimally filtered.
The 2018 is a brighter wine, less structured and brooding than the 2017 (and less serious, but arguably more delicious). In terms of the vintage, it’s the same story as the 2018 Yarra pinots – a vintage of fruit purity and crunch. Tasting the wine (right) now, it is more generous and friendly despite having just been bottled. Lots of cherry and raspeberry with a nice bite from the bunch. - Tim Shand, Punt Road