Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2016 (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria)
2016 Pennon Hill Pinot Noir
Red and blue fruits including red currants, blueberry, sour cherry, cranberry and a hint of wild raspberry combine with florals, dried herb, spice, and earthy forest-floor qualities.
On the palate, juicy red fruits meld with bramble and earth, whilst fresh acidity provides verve and a moreish drinkability to the wine. French oak plays a lovely supportive role adding to the structure and flavour profile by way of mocha notes. An approachable Pinot Noir with excellent varietal and regional expression typical of the 2016 vintage.
Made from hand-harvested batches of Pinot Noir grapes predominantly located in our cooler Main Ridge and Red Hill vineyards, with 25% coming from our Tuerong vineyard. Multiple clones including MV6, 114, 115, 777, D4V2 and D5V12 make up the blend. The grapes were de-stemmed into 2T open fermenters followed by a short cold maceration period of between 3 and 5 days before the onset of wild fermentation. 5% of the blend underwent carbonic maceration for 2 weeks before being destemmed and then fermented on skins to dryness. At the completion of primary fermentation, the grapes were pressed and the wine transferred to French oak barriques and Puncheons (27% new) for natural malo-lactic fermentation. Average skin contact time was 17 days. Barrel maturation was for 9 months.