Tuck’s Ridge Vineyard Selection
2011 Buckle Pinot Noir

This was a challenging vintage in all respects! After ample winter rains, the same patterns continued into spring but with the added difficulty of warm temperatures and several warm, still and very humid nights. This combination is perfect for downy mildew and many in South Eastern Australia were hit hard. Fortunately in the Mornington Peninsula, many of our standard intensive viticutural practices are the perfect defense against this pathogen, so most survived. Late in December some were then hit by powdery mildew and it was clear to all that the third major menace, botrytis would be a risk late in the season. In spite of all of this, the mild steady ripening suggested brilliant quality was possible. The rain, however, just kept happening, inflating berries and thus making the reds look a little pale compared to other years. The natural acids are excellent and thus the wines are bright and have lovely length. This is definitely a vintage of not judging a book by its cover!

The Tucks Pinot Noirs are always hand harvested, chilled overnight, then destemmed and transferred to tank. Some whole berries (But no stalks) are retained as this enhances aroma. The cool must then sits quietly soaking for 4 days. Occasionally during this time, it starts fermenting of its own accord but mostly not. Layers of superfine tannins are extracted during this soak. The must is then inoculated and the cap plunged by hand 3 times a day. The plunging will


As always, this wine manages to beautifully combine grace and power. An elegant style typical of this vintage, This Buckle has the usual dancing red cherries, a little toasty oak spice and some attractive forest floor aromatics. At this early stage it is still building flesh on the bones and thus requires a little patience.

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