Settlement Vineyard: Planted in 2009, this hillside site is located 4km up the Omaka Valley on a desirable north facing slope. Given the undulating terrain, the vineyard’s topography is made up of a layer of shallow topsoil from tight packed wind-blown loess, over clay loams. The steep slopes allow a focus on capturing sunshine, with early irrigation in the season required given the vines are still maturing. As the season progresses, the irrigation is scaled down to increase concentration. Settlement Vineyard began conversion to organics in 2013 with great success, and full certification was achieved in 2016. The unique and complex terroir of this vineyard is expressed in our Pinot Noir, displaying rich aromas of red berry fruit and spice, over a soft silky tannin structure.
Winemaking: Hand-picked and stored overnight to reduce the fruit temperature prior to hand sorting the following morning. 70% was destemmed and 30% whole bunches were included. This wine had an ambient soak before undergoing wild fermentation. Both free run and pressing were combined to barrel where it finished off fermentation and was aged for a period of 18 months in French oak barrels. 35% new oak was included. This wine was unfined.