De La Terre Pinot Noir 2022

De La Terre Pinot Noir 2022

De La Terre, named in reference to our ethos ‘of the earth’, was planted in 2007 and certified organic in 2021. Made up of two blocks, this vineyard is a high-density planting adjacent to Serré, but explores variables of exposition, orientation and clonal make up.

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De La Terre Pinot Noir is made from a 1.78 acre vineyard block, planted in 2007. The clone is predominately 777, but includes a portion of 114. The vine spacing is 1m and the row spacing is 1.2m, and the block is made up of two sections - the top flat section which has north-south row orientation, and the east slope which has an east-west orientation. The soils are made up of dark clay over weathered basalt and limestone.

Handpicked parcels of fruit were wild fermented separately with 100% whole bunch including carbonic maceration. After pressing the wine was racked to French oak hogsheads of which 30% was new oak. The wine was left undisturbed for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.

    The 2022 vintage offers a wine of wildness and prettiness courtesy of the stems and the soils. An intriguing and complex fragrance which draws one back to the glass, with elegance and freshness in the flavours.

    94+ points. Pinot Noir to its back teeth, in the best of ways. So complex, so earthen, so strewn with undergrowth and herbs, but simultaneously lively with fruit, or enough so. Glossy oak, sweet-sour cherries and all those complexing elements lead to a sustained, expansive finish. Yes. Excellent. Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au.


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    2023 Vintage

    The 2023 growing season started off cold and wet. For the first time since 2011 our dam was full, and in fact overflowed for most of October and November (rainfall for the calendar year of 2022 was 800mm). Budburst was slightly behind average timing, but crops were down significantly: the bunch counts were low in the first place, we had a mild frost in September and the wet weather finally caught up with us via downy mildew. The rain stopped at the end of December.

    The overall heat accumulation was the same (1338 Growing Degree Days) as 2021, both seasons on the slightly cooler side of average but differing in that the heat for 2023 was more toward the second half of the season. Veraison occurred in February and then we picked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling in March, and Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot in the first week of April. The picking weather was pleasant and the fruit arrived at the winery in very good condition.

    While quantity was down (especially in Pinot Noir) quality was good: fresh acidity, concentration, colour, tannin and steady fermentations have us looking forward to bottling, and seemingly warmer and drier seasons as El Niño returns.

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