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Wild Earth Reserve ‘Earth and Sky’ Pinot Noir 2023


The colour is impressive dark purple/garnet with a savoury nose that is intense and intriguing with graphite, dark cherry, blackberry, cedar, nutmeg, rosemary, and field mushroom. The palate is highly concentrated and dense with silky tannins that are lifted by impressive acidity which is a wonderful contribution from the higher elevated site. A unique expression of the Bannockburn sub-region with lovely cassis, bramble fruit, florals, and a touch of umami. This Pinot Noir has an ethereal nature, expressing intensity and poise from great sites in a stellar sub-region. It is notably fresh and bright at release, it will benefit from decanting when drinking now, and it will certainly reward those who choose to cellar it with a wonderful journey of development for at least 12+ years.


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Vintage notes
The 2022-2023 growing season was relatively warm overall with “normal” spring weather leading to a summer that was drier than average. Weather at flowering was warm and dry resulting in excellent yields and high quality. January was warm and dry, followed by a welcome rain event in February and then a brilliant, dry, and warm March. It was overall drier than 2022 but had a similar warmer feel to it.

Wine making notes
Only the very best grapes from vineyards in the well renowned Bannockburn area are selected to produce this Reserve ‘Earth and Sky’ Pinot Noir 2023. This wine is a blend of two vineyards ranging from 14 to 23 years old that 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 20-33% whole clusters with the resulting blend having around 25% 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 11 months in fine grain French oak barriques with 20% new and the rest ranging from 2-5 years old.

This vegan wine is unfined and unfiltered.

Alcohol: 13.5%
PH: 3.57
T.A.  6.16 g/l
Residual Sugar: dry

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