Medium ruby with garnet hues. Fragrant and complex aromas of red and black cherries, cranberry, red currant, flowering oregano, white pepper, graphite and tomato stem, with supporting notes of musk, clove and cedar. A plush and textured palate of savoury, salted plum layered with spiced red cherry and currants, framed by well-balanced acidity and a long, driving finish of silky, supple tannins.
Extremely heavy winter rainfall and ferocious spring winds and hail set up one of the most challenging vintages we have ever experienced at Lenswood. Flowering was late, occurring in December rather than November, in rare calm and sunny weather which set us up for good yields. The conditions post-Christmas were characterised by elevated evening temperatures, heavy rain every four days, foggy mornings and low day time temperatures. Harvest started in March; three weeks later than usual. By Easter, all Adelaide Hills whites and our pinot noir were safely in the winery, and in excellent condition despite 760mm falling during the growing season. This was a vintage saved in the vineyard by the outstanding work of the Adelaide Hills viticultural team under extremely trying conditions, with results that exceeded expectations. The Lenswood vineyard continues to show enormous resilience, and the soil health no doubt plays an important role in the beautiful wines created in 2017.
"The cool, wet 2017 season has given birth to a complex and savoury pinot filled with all the character of sous bois, game, potpourri and bouquet garni. A vibrant core of red cherry and poached strawberry is matched by cool, bright acidity and fine-ground tannins. A long finish holds short-term potential."