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Wild Earth Reserve ‘Earth and Sky’ Pinot Noir 2021

$65.00

A lifted and savoury nose with cherry, blackberry, lilac, sandalwood, wild thyme and a hint of mushroom. This is an intensely concentrated expression of the Bannockburn sub-region with lovely bramble fruit, florals and a hint of leather supported by fine tannins that are intricately woven around the fresh acidity. This Pinot Noir is both sophisticated and “classic”, expressing intensity and poise from great sites in stellar sub-region. At release this wine benefits from some oxygen and it will certainly reward those who choose to cellar it with a wonderful journey of development for at least 10+years.

Awards and reviews
97 pts, 5 stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (May 2022)
95 pts, outstanding – Cameron Douglas MS (June 2022)

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Following a mild winter with normal rainfall, the 2020-2021 growing season had a few frost/weather events around bud burst that were successfully navigated. January was wet and windy, keeping Vineyard Managers on edge. The weather stabilised in February and remained relatively warm and dry all the way through harvest in April, leading to idyllic conditions. The combination of challenging and favourable periods resulted in a Pinot Noir with intense colour and a highly concentrated core.

Only the very best grapes from vineyards in the well renowned Bannockburn area are selected to produce this ‘Earth and Sky’ Pinot Noir 2021. This wine is a blend of two Bannockburn vineyards ranging from 12 to 21 years old. Both sites border the Bannockburn Sluicings, a distinctive geographic landmark that is steeped in mining history. The grapes from these vineyards were fermented separately with a range of 0-25% whole clusters with the resulting blend having around 18% whole clusters which aids the tannin structure and aromatics of the wine. The total time on skins ranges from 21-28 days. The wine was aged for approximately 12 months in fine grain French oak barriques with 24% new and the rest ranging from 2-5 years old.

Alcohol: 14%
PH: 3.68
T.A. 5.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: dry

Awards and reviews
97 pts, 5 stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (May 2022)
“This is immensely complex and magnificently expressed, showing dark berry, earthy mushroom, cedar and toasted spice aromas on the nose, leading to a gracefully rich palate that’s impressively concentrated and mouthfilling. Seductively plush with a superbly long silky finish. At its best: 2023 to 2034”.

95 pts, outstanding – Cameron Douglas MS (June 2022)
“A very enticing, fresh and vibrant bouquet with a core varietal intensity of raspberry and dark cherry, earthy with stony chalk qualities and a pure fine savoury thyme quality. Complex and seductive. Equally enticing on the palate with core fruit and spice flavours that mirror the bouquet, contrasting acid line and firm youthful texture. Firm tannins are a mix of oak and fruit with a polish enhancing the overall youthful texture and mouthfeel. Salivating, complex and delicious”.

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