Pinot Noir Derwent Tasmania
Lot 7 is Winstead's original block of Pinot Noir, planted high on a hill overlooking the panorama between Chauncy Vale and Bagdad Valley. A place of ample sunlight, its low fertile soils yield a uniquely intense wine of opaque fruit and the sleekest velvet tannins. Grapes are de stemmed into small half tonne open vats, cold soaked and wild fermented, laboriously hand plunged several times daily, basket pressed and treated to natural malolactic, followed by a year's maturation in a mix of new and seasoned oak. Seriously small batch, an extraordinary experience in Pinot Noir.
Dark red colour, indigo at the rim. Dark fruits of the forest, spicy oak showing the influence of the new Suary French barriques. The palate is deep and rich, sweet dark cherry, raspberry, plum and spicy oak. Structured, in its solid weight of fruit and considerable length, Lot 7 resonates as it unravels layers of unblemished fruit, penetrating, imposing, statuesque and refined.