The 2022 growing season started with some frost in the Huon, however the team was out in force burning fires on those frosty nights to mitigate as much damage as we could, we were successful and had little damage. The flowering of the grapes were good in both Huon and Derwent vineyards, the summer was moderate, not too much rain but more than average. The harvest period provided great weather conditions with little rain, this resulted in ripe fruit in pristine condition. The wine is a blend of the two sites, the soil types vary from Huon cobble stones with white clay to Derwent soil which is red clay over gravely chalk deposits. This vintage is very special to me I am very happy with the quality of my fourth release wines of 2022.
My 2022 Pinot Noir is 2/3 Huon Valley and 1/3 Derwent Valley, from Estate Lubiana family vineyards. The wine is made from a mixture of whole bunch (Derwent) and whole berry (Huon), there is a gentle fermentation and long elevage in 228L barrels with 15% new French oak. This resulted in a wine with fresh notes of raspberry, wild blueberries, cherries and pomegranate, forest floor and spice, there is more acid than the previous vintage and grippier tannins. Last year the Pinot Noir was very approachable on release, this year the wine is tighter and will reward the customer with cellaring, if you choose to drink now I would recommended decanting it. Less production than 2021 so don't miss out and order now!