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2005 O'Leary Walker Pinot Noir
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- Cellar 2 - 3 years (2008-2009)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Screw Cap
A delightful Pinot with strong varietal character from a pair of winemakers whose reputation has grown due to their magnificent Riesling and Shiraz wines.
The Pinot Noir has been grown on the Cherry Hills Vineyard at Oakbank where the well exposed site enjoys a North East aspect. The soils are grey loams which contain a high degree of quartz and a thin layer of schist just below the top soil.
Part of the success of this wine must be attributed to the winemaking techniques employed. The fruit is de-stemmed, but not crushed, and transferred into small, 1 ½ tonne fermenters where it is cold soaked for 4 days, gradually warming up as fermentation begins. Ferment temperatures are allowed to climb to 32°C, being held there for a few days before allowing to ferment cool. Plunging of the cap is by hand. This process contributes to maximum flavour extraction. After the primary ferment has finished, the wine is left on skins for another 30 days before pressing and racking into French oak casks, coopered by Sirugue, and Dargaud & Jaegle.
Medium body, bright crimson colour with crimson mauve hue. Perfumed nose of violets, strawberry and cherry showing good varietal lift. The palate delivers excellent weight and mouthfeel with impressive length and depth. Flavours of dark cherry and spice emerge. Velvet smooth tannins. Very good flavour wave with long aftertaste.
Cellar 2-3 years (2008-2009)
Strong colour; a powerful, complex bouquet; black cherry, plum and a touch of game (good); long palate, deserves time; very different from the '04.
James Halliday - 2007 Australian Wine Companion