Stanners Vineyard 2020 "The Narrow Rows" Pinot Noir
The vines in our vineyard are planted very close together in narrowly spaced rows. This encourages competition between the roots and sends them down deeper into the fractured limestone soil, helping to produce more concentrated and complex flavours in the grapes. To maximize this effect in this Pinot Noir, we chose grapes from the narrowest rows (4.5 ft apart) and oldest vines of our vineyard (planted in 2005). Whole grapes were fermented and, after gently pressing, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for about 15 months. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur naturally during aging. Gas pressure was used to rack the wine from barrels to a tank with as little disturbance as possible before bottling. The wine was bottled without filtration.
The 2020 growing season was quite warm, giving ripe red fruit flavours and more tannin in the wine than in cooler years. In spite of being a warm vintage there is still plenty of acidity to provide tension and clarity to the red currant, dark cherry and cedar flavours of the wine. This is an elegant, complex, mineral wine and we expect it to age well over the next 5 to 10 years or even longer.