Apricus Hill Pinot Noir 2020
This is from Harewood Estate’s Apricus Hill vineyard, which also contributes to the Harewood Denmark Pinot. The vineyard, at 750 feet above sea level, is the highest in the region and overlooks the majestic Southern Ocean. Fermentation takes place in small batches, with the cap plunged twice a day. Maturation for ten months in a mix of new and second fill French oak. It remains on yeast lees, the intention being to add a creamy note to the texture. It is then bottled unfined and unfiltered. A pale red, there are aromas of spices, red cherries, a hint of a tomato bush note, some brambly touches and the tiniest touch of earthiness, which adds to the early complexity. There is a seamless and supple palate, a touch of that creaminess they were seeking and bright acidity. Very fine tannins and this lingers nicely. This has time ahead of it.