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Pinot Noir One pursues an elegant style. Minimal intervention winemaking produces a wine of poise and finesse; the purest representation of Pimpernel terroir.
Aroma: A classic One nose, fruit expressive from the first pour. The immediate notes are of cherry flesh, cranberries and violets, contrasted by a touch of lees funk. With an hour of breathing, the nose evolves to show chamomile, nutmeg, sandalwood and milk chocolate with the oak coming through as freshly split redwood.
Palate: The palate is pure and juicy with raspberries and cherries. Primary fruit characters are juxtaposed by rye bread and soft char. The acidity is bright with great line, leading to a long well defined finish.
Fruit for Pinot Noir One comes from our main north facing slope. 114, 115 and 777 clones predominate the blend for fruit forwardness. The bunches were handpicked at optimal ripeness and cropped at 2.5 tonnes per acre. Everything was destemmed prior to fermentation in small open topped vats. The vast majority of ferments were whole-berry, allowing carbonic maceration to highlight bright fruit expression whilst imbuing rich, rounded textural feel. After fermentation the wine was transferred to barrel without extended skin soaking. Very tight grained French barriques were carefully selected for refined char and elegance (30% new). After 15 months in the cellar, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.