Light, bright, floral, lifted, hints of strawberries and quite delicious, this is a lighter-bodied wine which makes a perfect lunch wine and can be chilled if desired. The 2022 Pinot Noir is a lovely light vibrant style.
We didn’t think things could get much better after the 2021 season, but we were wrong. It was almost spooky: average winter and early spring rains, a cool summer and gentle ripening conditions throughout the 2022 season. This ripening period was also dry, and we didn’t experience any heat spikes at all; everything ripened in order and with a break between the varieties. Veraison (the stage of grape development when the grapes change colour as they get nearer to harvest) was later than usual, and picking across all varieties was a little later than usual, too. Overall, 2022 was a terrific vintage, with super quality whites and reds too.
We have had Pinot Noir in our vineyards since 1987 when the young Joch Bosworth was press-ganged into helping plant the vines. There was a decent amount of Pinot Noir in McLaren Vale in the 80’s and 90’s. Joch’s parents sold the grapes to various winemakers over the years. We made our first Pinot Noir under the Battle of Bosworth in 2011, an auspicious year in many ways – it was a pretty wet vintage. The aim is always to make a lighter style of Pinot Noir and to help this we now throw in a small amount of whole bunches into the ferment (all the other grapes are crushed after being picked). The Pinot is picked quite early and after fermentation goes into older oak before bottling early
Vineyards: Braden's and Cox
Picking Date: 16th and 23rd February 2022
Bottling Date: 3rd August 2022