Pinot Noir "Grand Duc" 2015
From time to time when the stars align, we can not only a gorgeous Pinot Noir but a ‘Grand Duc’. A vineyard selection of the best blocks/rows from a particular soil type of a particular vintage picked at the tiniest yield. Hans wants you to enjoy this truly handcrafted Pinot Noir at its full potential and like with a ‘Grand Cru’ Burgundy this means a few years of barrel and bottle ageing.
From time to time when the stars align, Hans is able to produce not only a gorgeous Pinot Noir, but a ‘Grand Duc’. We handpicked the grapes from a sacrificial low yield of 400g/vine from selected rows with a higher clay content to achieve natural concentration and complexity. 2015 provided a long growing season, enhancing flavours and aromas that resulted in this very special Pinot Noir.
Hans' Winemaking Comments+
'The extended cold soak followed a natural, wild yeast fermentation over 20 days. After gentle pressing the wine was then transferred to French barriques (30% new) where it progressed through malolactic fermentation and aged on its fine lees for an invaluable 22 months, making it a contender to last the ages. No fining, no filtration.'
From the origins of the Herzog* name itself, this regal Pinot Noir is aptly dubbed the ‘Grand Duc’. A heady nose of black berries, dark chocolate with lot’s of spices lead to a mouth-watering palette of ripe dark plums, liquorice and velvety soft tannins. Extremely concentrated with an impressive structure but still lively and vibrant. A long, smoky luscious finish, fit for any member of the monarch.
|Variety||100% Pinot Noir|
|Clones||Dijon clones 114, 115, 667, 777; Swiss clone 10/5|
Shallow (<45cm) well drained sandy and gravelly soil with clay-sand patches from stony alluvium
|Planting Density||5,550 vines/ha|
|Ageing Potential||15+ years|
Food Matching Suggestions+
Our dry and elegant wines are famous for being the Sommeliers choice due to their ability to easily match many different dishes. Try with poultry, pasta dishes and casseroles, to name a few.
"Hand-picked grapes from very low-yielding vines and an exceptional vintage were fermented and matured for 22 months in barrel. A flagship wine with weight, concentration and richness. Plum, cranberry, spicy oak, mixed spice, dried herbs and subtle floral flavours. A complex wine that's accessible now but no rush." Bob Campbell