Atlas Wines Pinot Noir 2021

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About This Wine

This Pinot Noir is bright cherry red in colour and displays a fragrant nose with aromas of morello cherries, raspberries and cloves supported with subtler hints of oak and earthy spice. The palate is light bodied and refreshing with red berry and plum fruit, with hints of dried mushrooms, leather and anise. Silky tannins and fine acidity support the flavours creating a moreish wine of finesse and complexity.

This wine was made with grapes grown on vines close-planted on two gentle, south-west facing slopes in a cool valley south of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. The vines are carefully manicured, with shoot and bunch thinning throughout the season and a VSP trellis system, allowing dappled light onto the fruit without exposing it to excessive sun.

The fruit was hand-picked and destemmed into open fermenters with 10% whole bunches included in the ferment. It was cold soaked for 48 hours before inoculation with cultured yeast and fermented over 8 days with only gentle hand-plunging of the cap. The wine was then basket-pressed and matured in a mix of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 9 months prior to bottling without fining or filtration.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country Australia
Region Adelaide Hills
Brand Atlas Wines
Vintage 2021

Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography. Because of this, many different varietals are planted here with the most dominant being Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It is generally thought of as a cooler region, especially when compared to neighbouring Barossa to the north and Mclaren vale and Langhorne Creek to the south.

NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been popular in Australia for a while now, but Adelaide hills Sauvignon Blanc (the most planted grape in the region) could be considered the Aussie Savvy Blanc. From about their Sauvignon Blanc: “Wines that are textured, edgy, vibrant and dry with exceptional fruit definition, length and crispness that marry superbly with summer seafood.”

You can also find some cool climate shiraz from the Adelaide hills, defying the more common big bold style that is usually seen in Australian Shiraz.

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