Brinktop "Killara" Pinot Noir 2020
The "Killara" is the premium Pinot Noir in the Brinktop Range. It is named after the old farm that the Brinktop Vineyard is planted on. For almost 100 years the Isles Family ran pigs, dairy cows and then sheep on these slopes. When the SE irrigation scheme was run through this area the potential for viticulture was unlocked and a new era for Killara was born.
The 2020 vintage is the first Pinot Noir to be produced from this place and so is very special to us. Like the 2020 Chardonnay we hand picked the fruit over several days during the March Covid-19 lockdown. The grapes were cooled, de-stemmed then allowed to ferment to dry in open vats with daily plunging. Partial cold soaking, 20% whole bunch and 100% wild ferment pressed straight to French oak barriques to mature.