Heifer Station vineyard is situated between 860-900m elevation on the undulating slopes of Mt Canobolas. Pinot Noir was planted in the vineyard in 1999 and 2012 using the MV6 clone. Recent plantings include 667, Q932 and 777
2018 was year of challenge and reward for the Orange region and Heifer Station. Adequate winter rainfall removed the need for supplementary irrigation until heatwaves in January required small amounts to reduce sunburn and replenish carbohydrates. Balanced nutrition, well timed shoot thinning and leaf plucking ensured optimal tannin ripeness in reds and reduced phenolics in whites proving a brilliant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz vintage. Yields were average to high, while acid retention was brilliant right up to harvest reducing the need for winery additions. Heatwaves in January and hail weeks before harvest threw curve balls to the vineyard team, but the resilient vines withstood the challenge and all varieties reached the crusher in great condition.
An elegant Pinot Noir which displays juicy cherry and raspberry characters. A Soft medium bodied wine, with lovely subtle complexity, fine savoury tannins and a lasting palate. 10% whole bunch, 48 hours cold soaked prior to primary fermentation on wild yeast. Full Malolactic fermentation. Clones MV6, 114 & 155
A lovely medium ruby red colour, tending to light around the edges.