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Spring Vale Pinot Noir 2018 Tasmania Freycinet Coast

$39.95

Spring Vale Pinot Noir 2018 has powerful aromas of dark cherry and spice with subtle hints of dried herbs. The palate has  dark berry fruit flavours, plush mouthfeel and forest floor undertones.

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Spring Vale Pinot Noir 2018

Spring Vale Pinot Noir 2018 has powerful aromas of dark cherry and spice with subtle hints of dried herbs. The palate has  dark berry fruit flavours, plush mouthfeel and forest floor undertones.

Vineyard

A blend of original 1986 plantings trained on the Lyre system and 2000 plantings on the VSP system with a clonal mix of D2V6, D5V12, 114, 115. Soils are old red loams of volcanic origin. Handpicked between 14th of March and 4th April 2018.

Winemaking Notes:

Fruit was destemmed into open pots for initial cool pre-ferment maceration, usually up to four days. Some pots were allowed to ferment ‘wild’ with natural yeasts. The remainder were inoculated with cultured yeast and all pots received regular hand plunging during ferment to gently extract flavour and tannins. Upon dryness the wine was pressed to French oak barriques, 25% of which were new, where it remained for 10 months. It was then filtered and bottled.

Analysis:

pH 3.54, acidity 6.0g/L, alcohol 13.5%

ABOUT Spring Vale

Continuing in the tradition of hard work and innovation established by William Lyne in 1826, Rodney and Lyn Lyne have planted 14.5 hectares of wine grapes at Spring Vale, principally Pinot Noir.

The vineyard began in 1986 when a small area of 0.8 hectares were planted to Pinot Noir. Further plantings were made in the following years: firstly, more Pinot Noir, then Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, followed by Pinot Gris in 1996. In 2000, more Pinot Noir and a splash of Pinot Meunier were planted. A further 7.9 hectares of Pinot Noir were then planted in 2013.

In June 2007, Spring Vale purchased a neighbouring farm, “Melrose”. The purpose was to enable increased production of a lighter style red to be produced, with the first “Melrose” Pinot Noir being the 2008 Vintage.

The Freycinet Coast is the driest part of the state, with an average annual rainfall of 550mm. Warm days and cool nights are a result of this climate and ideal for slow ripening and excellent flavour development. The soil at Spring Vale is mostly a fertile clay loam, with the subsoil varying from porous friable loam with rock to medium-heavy clay. Drainage is excellent throughout the vineyard and the pH of the soil is around 6.5.

A modified Lyre (“U-shaped”) trellis system is used in conjunction with vertical shoot positioning (VSP), while the blocks planted in 2000 and after have a simple VSP trellis. “Melrose” is entirely VSP. Vineyard operations are mostly carried out manually – pruning, shoot positioning, leaf plucking and harvesting, although a tractor-mounted pre-pruner is being used with great success, as well as a tractor-mounted leaf-plucker on many parts of the vineyard.

Additional information

Brands

Spring Vale

Country

Australia, Freycinet, Tasmania

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Pinot Noir

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