Santolin Wines Gruyere Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

$42.00

“The whole bunch has been upscaled from that of its Gladysdale sibling, but the extra depth to the cherry/plum fruit more than copes. This is a most attractive wine.”
James Halliday, 2020 Wine Companion.

This wine is produced from fruit grown on a single block in the Syme on Yarra Vineyard, Gruyere. This block is located approximately 150m above sea level and covers some of the most uniform clay loam soil profiles across the whole vineyard. The vineyard has a gentle east facing slope, minimising frost risk and maximising sunshine exposure, with good rainfall across the whole block. The vineyard is hand pruned with vertical shoot positioning and shoot thinned when required throughout the growing season.

This wine has been hand crafted with minimal intervention.  Hand picking commenced on March 8th, 2017.  Grapes were chilled overnight. 25% whole bunches and 75% whole berries were left to cold soak in an open pot, then left to ferment naturally over a 14 day period with regular hand plunging. Once dry, the ferments were pressed to a mixture of new and old French oak barrels where they underwent natural malolactic fermentation.  On completion of malo, the wine was sulphured then matured on lees for 10 months. The wine was carefully racked before bottling. Wine was not fined or filtered.

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We met Adrian and Rebecca Santolin at the 2015 Young Guns of Wine awards. Adrian is the winemaker while wife Rebecca manages the business and the creative side. Fast-forward to April 2016 and we are very proud to have Santolin Wines as a new addition to our Catalogue.

Using old world wine making techniques such as wild yeast, whole bunch bâttonage and oxidative handling, the wines are then left for up to twelve months in a selection of French oak barrels (Gillet, Sirugue, Ermitage).This small batch approach is made with passion showing great respect for the single vineyard sites which lie in the lower and upper Yarra Valley.

Adrian’s winemaking style is visionary and focused; he, we believe, is a great example of the current flourishing crop of progressive Australian wine makers.

“I believe minimal intervention makes for complex wines with great finesse. I want the varietal, regional and vineyard characters of a wine to stand out.”

Adrian Santolin, Willowlake Vineyard, 2016.

With his Italian heritage, Adrian is of course
 making Sangiovese (Yarraland Vineyard) and Nero d ‘Avola (Heathcote Chalmers Vineyard). Adrian creates vibrant wines with a proud nod to the old world.

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