2015 Pinot Noir - Quarry Road
- Pinot Noir
- VQA Vinemount Ridge
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2018 - 2023
- Winemaking Notes
The 7th vintage from the Quarry Road Vineyard, this Pinot Noir spent 16 months in French oak barrels; 30% of which were new. Another 10% were aged in new medium plus toast barrels, to encourage the fruitiness of the wine to come through and to round out the strong tannins. Earthy notes are accompanied by aromas of cedar and cranberry. Firm yet approachable tannins on the tongue are followed by wild blueberry and black currant leaf.
- Growing Conditions
Quarry Road Estate vineyard. Tight planting on mixed limestone and clay soil. Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand leaf removal and hand harvest. Certified organic & biodynamic.
- Food Pairing
Pinot Noir is always a delight to pair with, and this one is no exception. Serve with ricotta gnocchi, grilled vegetable pizza or mussels with a fennel broth.
This is reserved, firm and notably dry pinot that needs to cellar until about 2020. It has build to last well and there is good complexity, with classic cran-cherry fruit, dried rose petal cedary, wood spice and wet forest floor earthiness. There is fine acid, mineral core here, with considerable parching tannin. The length is very good to excellent.
This 2015 continues the evolutionary line of the Quarry Road pinots, with vine maturing and becoming more comfortably settled. It seems this vineyard is predestined to yield tight, lean, sinewy pinot, not fleshy nor generous, but rather firmly structured around acids and a core of dusty tannins, as this, and previous vintages have demonstrated. There's certainly a big dollop of stony-mineral flavour that rides above tart red berry fruit - this really tastes like pinot from a chardonnay site, like Chassagne Montrachet rouge, to give a crude analogy. In any case, I appreciate the purity and forthrightness, the uncompromising nature of this wine. For fans of intellectual vinous experiences, best after 2020.