Distinctly not a funky, murky or unfiltered pinot. This wine is clear, bright, gentle and aromatic with aromas of juicy berries, a touch of ginger and a hint of aged French oak.
Perfection in the fruit and assiduous winemaking ensured these clean, vivid flavours and aromas.
Somerled 2017 Pinot Noir: The 2017 has been a very well-behaved pinot, right from the start. The fruit was well-flavoured and deep in colour from low-yielding vines. The vine canopies were nice and open, giving dappled light for the bunches. Ideal! The fruit was crushed to a small open fermenter, yeast added and fermentation lasted a week with regular “plunging” to gently extract colour and tannins from the skins. Then to barrels (French oak) which were a mixture of newish and well-used to keep the oak levels relatively low. Bottled February 2018. The result is a nicely tinted, medium deep colour with an enticing nose which has typical lifted pinot perfume, with some almost stalky hints and a most attractive gingery spice. The palate is soft and warm, very tasty and lingering. Over the last three or four months, it has shown further integration and development of flavours, and that augers well for the future cellaring of the wine. It will get to a peak in maybe a year or two, but it’s not a wine to put away for a decade! Rob Moody