High Density Pinot Noir 2021Hawke's Bay
While all of the Place of Changing Winds vines in Macedon are “high density”, this blend is based on vines planted at 20,000/ha to 33,000/ha. Here, the fruit was mostly destemmed with less than 10% whole-bunch. All of the fruit from the plot of 33,000 vines/ha was hand destemmed with scissors, keeping these berries completely intact on their pedicel. This method offers most of the benefits of whole bunch, without the stem. It’s whole-berry rather than whole bunch if you like. The aging was for nineteen months in 100% Stockinger (500lt and barrique), 25% new. This is a serious and structured wine, built for aging. With outstanding character, great freshness and drive, it’s a wine that will certainly live for decades.
98/100 “This has great clarity and depth of colour, and an extra layer of richness, initially with the essence of dark berries, switching to red berries minutes later, the mouthfeel supple and smooth.”
James Halliday, Winecompanion.com.au
96+/100 “High toned perfume, lots of white pepper, preserved cherry, red plum, roast vegetables, anise. So attractive. The palate has a come hither fleshiness and richness, dark spice, new leather, brightness to fruit but its the dark stuff and yet finds a crispness with incredible inward concentration. Gravelly grip with a glide. It has this open weave and flavour, depth too but has this really distinct feel of ‘there is more to come’ – such a good personality in that regard.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Place of Changing Winds - The Estate Series
In the southern foothills of Mount Macedon in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, the altitude 500 metres above sea level, and the vines surrounded by native plantings and thousands of hectares of forest. It’s a genuinely cool site, with good rain, cold nights and a wide diurnal range. One of the most distinctive features of this vineyard is the high density, with over 45,000 vines planted across 3.1 hectares and densities of mostly 12,000 and 14,000 vines per hectare and significant plots at 20,000, 25,000 and 33,000 vines per hectare. Over the last decade the team have developed a system of agronomic practice that is adapted specifically to this special place. It is a meticulous viticulture with no synthetic chemicals used and a great deal of manual labour. The cellar is next to the vines meaning the fruit goes directly to the fermenters in a matter of minutes and everything is managed onsite, including bottling. The Estate Series wines reflect both place, and a no compromise approach.
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