2015 Applecross 3 x Chardonnay & 3 x Pinot Noir


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2015 Applecross Chardonnay
March 12th harvest. A yield of 2.2 t/Ha with both poor flowering and birds playing their part. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in a mix of used puncheons, the newest from 2012. Malo lactic fermentation blocked with sulphur, which is the only addition made to the wine. Matured sur lie for 10 months before blending and bottling. Released in March 2017.
165 dozen bottled.

2015 Applecross Pinot Noir
March 12th harvest. A pitiful yield of 0.6 t/Ha. We had elected during winter to drop the fruiting wire from 800mm to 600mm, so pruning was significant and severe (chainsaw), with expected heavy losses. In the end, the birds were the tragic finale to the story. I estimate that the birds, mostly silver-eyes, took 4t in 3 days just prior to picking. We have since invested in nets. Whole bunch fermentation (100%) over three weeks before pressing to just three barrels for ML and maturation. No new oak, the youngest vessel 3 years old. 10 months sur lie in barrel before blending and bottling, without fining or filtration. One for the cellar, this wines needs decanting to show it’s best. Released in March 2017.
75 dozen bottled.