2015 Ceres The Artists Collection Inlet Vineyard Pinot Noir

Central Otago

New Zealand

Ceres flagship single vineyard Pinot Noir delivers complexity and concentration. Elegantly poised with brooding dark cherry, wild thyme, plum and licorice flavors. The Artists Collection is the pride of Ceres Wines, it’s about celebrating all those “Artists” involved in crafting these single site wines to reflect their place. Each bottle is adorned with the artwork of Odelle Morshus (James Dicey’s wife) to echo a shared philosophy of capturing a moment in time and space.

Winemaker's notes

After a normal budburst the vintage started cool, which slowed the vines down. The temperature recovered in late December and we had a cool January, but a long hot finish from February to end of March. This resulted in very perfumed and aromatic fruit with a wider range of flavors than normal. There is a significant acid backbone which provides structure and definition and will certainly aid in the aging of this wine.

Inlet Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir was fermented with wild yeast and spent 28 days on the skins; around 10 days cold soak, 8 – 9 days in ferment then 10 days post ferment. A philosophy of minimal oak influence is followed, maturation in well-seasoned / aged barrels provides for the wines development. Free from oak flavors allows this wine to shine as the most candid expression of Pinot Noir on its site. 18 months in seasoned barrels (French, from a variety if Burgundian coopers). Clones 777, 6, 115.

Details

Vintage2015 RegionCentral Otago VarietyPinot Noir ClosureScrew cap ColorRed Volume750ml Case size12
Alcohol Level 14% Acidity 4.7 pH 3.73

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This meal is perfect for a cold winter's night. Succulent venison steak pairs perfectly with the sweet caramelised vegetables. Enjoy with a glass of bold Pinot Noir to perfectly complement the flavors of this dish.
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