2021 Pinot Noir
Introducing the latest vintage of our pinnacle red wine, the one and only Meadowbank Pinot Noir.
Originating from our Pinot Noir vines which Gerald Ellis planted in 1987, we hand-picked these grapes in three separate instalments, over a two week harvest period. Gerald and daughter Mardi, alongside our winemaker Peter Dredge, base their picking decisions predominantly on taste of the grapes alone, as they look for different stages of ripening, which later express as unique flavour characteristics come wine time.
In the winery, Pete allows each individual parcel of fruit to ferment on skins for two weeks, before the delicious red juice is pressed off and placed into mostly old French oak barrels (just 10% new). These barrels are put to bed for 9 months, before they are carefully blended to create the final masterpiece that now awaits you in bottle.
Think flavour, finesse and even more flavour! This wine has got us all really excited. From its bright and vibrant colour in the glass, to it's trademark green strawberry smell which just screams "Meadowbank", to its taste which is deep, savoury and complex – we are absolutely loving it.
We are confident in assuring you this wine will deliver and still has the potential to get even better while hanging out in your cellar. It’s the bottle you’ll be reaching for to take to your next dinner party and impress your friends, or the bottle you’ll incidentally consume in its entirety at home because it’s impossible to stop yourself at just one glass.
2021 is a vintage to celebrate, in fact we're calling it as one of our best ever! Low grape yields, intense fruit concentration and a steady ripening period have produced something really special here.
Formal reviews to come...
*Note: for those wondering, all our wines are vegan friendly.