Finishing the 2009 Pinot Noirs…

May 17th, 2010 | Posted by

sandihurst 09 pinot noir en route to tank This week Ive been racking the 2009 Central Otago Pinot Noir and Waipara Pinot Noir out of barrel and into various tanks, each group of tanks resembling the final composition for the two different regions. 2009 looks to be a very very good year. Im sure most other producers will agree. It is at least as good as 2007 which was the last great year we had for NZ Pinot. Post blending there will be decision to be made on the the level of fining and filtration to be done before the wine is bottled in 4 weeks time. Hopefully the answer will be none of either. The level of fining is a minor point of contention. The wines do appear to have quite firm tannins and no doubt a little egg white fining would soften that out and make the wine more palatable for earlier drinking  BUT do we really want that. I believe the wine  better served unfined and aged before opening, therefore naturally softening the wine and negating the need for the potential stripping effect of any fining. Shouldnt we be better educating the customers rather than pandering to the need to consume wine within 1/2 hour of purchase as statistics show.