2015 Charteris ‘Special Project’ Pinot Noir
Grape-growing and Winemaking is a very unique business and we often describe ourselves as very good value add farmers. We grow grapes, make wine, then sell that wine directly to the wine drinking public, it’s a complete farm to consumer package. As a result, we deal with some unusual cashflow and timeline circumstances which have a different set of parameters to any other production business. One of the great outcomes of this is that most people involved in our industry know how to work together to achieve a positive result regardless of external pressures.
After a considerable amount of personal input and due to circumstances outside of my control, our usual Pinot vineyard unfortunately did not deliver the goods. As a result, I was in a bit of a tight spot for top quality fruit to work with. Fortunately, Andrew Donaldson from Hawkesbury Estate and his Vineyard Manager Steve Blackmore came to my aid. While I have worked with this vineyard for a number of years and know the quality of the grapes it can produce, it was in keeping with the comradery of the wine industry that they let me select a single block parcel of 667 Clone for Charteris.
A wine made from an individual Clone, from a single block of one vineyard, a unique entity which is a definitive snapshot of one place and point in vinous history.
Cinnamon and dark cherries with complexing spice rack aromatics adding perfume. Subtle foresty hints with the smell of Cinnamon buns straight out of the oven. There’s a brambly, wild herbal lift that envelopes a deeper plum core to the nose.
Medium bodied with well reconciled dark plum fruit that is embedded in layers of depth and complexity. Supple textured phenolics give a silky graphite like cloak to the palate. While the wine is quite open there is expansive dimension giving length and persistence. Soft acidity keeps the finish refined and focused. A hint of smoky roasting pan on the finish. There is a subtle dark plum base note that runs through this wine from either the vineyard or the clone, I’m not sure which but it sings with harmony.
I would say drink now to 2020, but this wine reminds me of the 2008 Winter Vineyard which has just reached a beautiful place at 9 years of age. Drink some but be sure to bury a couple of bottles deep in the cellar.
- Picked on the 1st May at 23 Brix
- 100% Hawkesbury Vineyard, Wanaka
- 100% Dijon 667 Clone
- 30% Whole Bunch inclusion with the balance whole berry
- 15% new oak with the balance nicely seasoned older barrels
- 223 dozen produced