2018 Avni Pinot Noir
Date Picked: 3rd Week of September, 2018
Finished Wine: Alcohol: 12.8%, pH: 3.46
Suggested Retail: $35 • 2,500 Cases Produced
Estate grown Avni 2018 Pinot Noir is the most structured Avni yet, with nearly equal contribution of intensely flavored, savory and mineral upper block fruit and rounder, red-fruited lower block fruit where the soils are deeper volcanic Jory. The flavors also reflect the extreme drought conditions of the vintage.
Hand-harvested Avni Pinot Noir 2018 is fermented with 19% whole cluster fruit. The grapes are fed by bin into medium sized stainless steel and cement fermenting tanks. Pigeage is done traditionally by foot to ensure a gentle extraction of tannins. The fermentation is with wild yeast. The wines age in 20%new and 80% old French oak barriques for 12 months and four in tank prior to bottling.
Overall extreme drought conditions shaped the vintage by stressing the vines and lowering the amount of juice in each berry, concentrating flavors. Avni Pinot Noir 2018 is our most deeply flavored yet, estate grown equally on the deeper Jory soils of our lower blocks, where vines develop round textures and on some of the better parcels of the upper blocks.
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