2016 Rockburn 'Seven Barrels' Pinot Noir | 1.5l MAGNUM
Rockburn 'Seven Barrels'; the name says it all really. Every year we fill hundreds of French oak barrels with Pinot Noir, and every year I search for those individual barrels that most eloquently speak of site and season. We present the results of that search to you here with a wine that exhibits the attributes I enjoy most about Pinot Noir; subtlety, elegance and personality.
The 2016 vintage had a long, dry autumn, encouraging perfect ripeness in all our fruit, while retaining great levels of complexity and subtlety in the cooler Gibbston sub-region. This wine originates from Clone 5, fermented in a 7 tonne fermenter and remained on skins for 22 days. Of the seven barrels selected, two were new oak. Malo-lactic fermentation took place in the Spring; mid-Summer the seven barrels were selected, and set aside for a further six months maturation before bottling without fining or filtration (some deposit may occur in the bottle).