- Composition: Pinot Noir
- Vineyards: Passing Clouds Musk Estate Vineyard
- Region: Macedon Ranges
- Harvest: March 31st 2018
- Harvest pH: 3.32
- Harvest BÉ: 12.9
- Bottled: February 2019
All individual blocks are kept separate for vinification. All batches were given a generous cold soak before being individually fermented in small open stainless-steel vats with gentle hand plunging twice daily. In total there were 12% whole bunches included across the batches.
These particular batches were pressed individually once dry without any extended post-ferment maceration. Matured for 10 months in French oak hogsheads, 47% new, and undergoing natural malolactic fermentation in barrel.
No fining, minimal sulfites, coarse filtration. Bottled - February 2018.
All barrels underwent fortnightly battonage (lees stirring) and underwent a partial natural malolactic fermentation in barrel. Matured for 10 months in French oak hogsheads, 22% new, 22% one year old, 22% two years old and the balance seasoned.
Vineyard, Vintage Notes
Our Musk Estate vineyard is on a very cool site with a top elevation of 742m above sea level. It is north facing with volcanic soils. The modified wide T trellis gives us good penetration of sunlight and wind, reducing disease pressure and increasing vine balance and its ability to ripen the fruit evenly.
We manage the vineyard according to regenerative agricultural practices. This is a way of farming using a set of principles that enrich soils and increase their carbon storage capacity dramatically, increase biodiversity, improve the water cycle and enhance the overall ecosystem of the farm. Please contact us for more information.
The vineyard is spur-pruned by hand to two buds per spur, reducing yield and controlling vine vigour. Further shoot thinning and defoliation occurs later in the season again by hand to allow further sunlight penetration and maximising air flow around the bunches.
2018 was one of the best seasons we’ve had at our Estate site. Bud burst was a week early and was followed by a dry, warm season, which are the ones we love at Musk. Harvest was very early, just sneaking into March.
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