Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
A Piccadilly Valley flagship, recipient of the most impressive accolades since inaugural release. Fine and elegant, displaying intensely complex varietal character of dark cherry, strawberries, spices and game, with wonderful length and intensity of colour. The palate is rich and voluptuous, the tannins soft and silky, the aftertaste long and lingering. Most of the grapes are sourced from vines at Uley Vineyard which were planted in 1983 and are now expressing their maturity. Like all great wines, Barratt is made in the vineyard and assembled from the best of barrels of vintage.
The first region in South Australia planted to viticulture, a sample of Adelaide Hills wine was sent to Queen Victoria in 1845% Growing grapes here is not an easy task given the weather extremes, particularly in the Piccadilly Valley where average rainfall is high. Fruit set is unpredictable and disease pressures are high. Pinot Noir predominantly from fully mature vines over two decades of age are grown to the Uley Vineyard. Grapes are hand harvested with an average baume of 14 and a yield of 1.4 tonnes/ acre. Whole berries and bunches are vinified followed by maturation in French oak barriques for eleven months. The most superior barrels are selected and assembled before a bottling without fining or filtration. Approx 14.0%
Ruby coloured. A strongly varietal aroma of dark cherries, floral and spice, with gamey, earthy complexity, followed by a beautifully integrated palate of sweet fruit and spice, supported by soft, silky tannins, a wine of outstanding structure and length.