Drumsara Pinot Noir Ventifacts Block 2009
Fruit bins are delivered from the vineyard to the winery. They are held overnight to take advantage of the natural overnight cooling. The whole bunches enter the de-stemmer / crusher that is adjusted to allow for 90% of the berries to be crushed to release the juice and the remaining 10% to remain whole. This slows down the fermentation process to enable better extracts and colour. The juice and whole berries enter the fermentation tanks at less than 8 deg C. This slow and gentle soaking process occurs over 2 days and allows the extracts and colour to release from the skins into the juice. After 2 days the juice is permitted to warm up and at this point yeasts are introduced. This is known as primary fermentation where all the sugars begin to turn into alcohol. We have allowed 10 days for this process to occur. Proceed to post fermentation maceration in order to extract tannins and to give structure to the wine. The length of maceration depends on the daily tasting when it starts to extract some bitterness before it is pressed off. This maceration might be between 4 days. Total time on the skins was 16 days. The juice is pressed off and transferred into French oak barrels. Secondary fermentation takes place in the barrel with bacteria naturally reducing the juice acid levels. For our cooperage we have selected 100% French oak, 30% new, 70% 1-2 years old. In March after 10 months in the barrel, the juice is lightly filtered and fined if needed. At this point it is made cold stable to precipitate the harmless tartrate crystals out before bottling. We ride a delicate balance between aggressively trying to remove all the tartrates and gently removing most of them. We have elected the gentler approach, which retains the best flavors. You may find some tartrates remain in your bottle – we refer to them as “ice diamonds” and they are perfectly natural and enjoyable to taste.
Food Pairings for Drumsara Pinot Noir Ventifacts Block
A very complex nose of dark cherry, savoury notes of vanilla, rosemary, dried herb and tobacco. Big tannic structure, but ripe and round, supple mouth feel. Very sweet and long finish on plum and earthy character. Whao!
Dietary Information: All-Natural
Aged 10 months in French Oak.
Notes: 100% French oak; Cadas, Damy, Saury 10 Months
|Alcohol: 13.8%||pH: 3.7|
|Sugar: .5 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 5.4 grams per liter|
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