2021 Noir 2021 Noir

2021 Noir

A progressive take on a French classic, Noir brings Grenache together with its lesser-known red partners, Carignan, Cinsaut and Counoise, in a celebration of the southern Rhône on our estate. Lifted fragrance, with bright flavours and vibrant acidity, this wine shows these ancient newcomers also thrive in our elevated corner of McLaren Vale.



We had a very favourable growing season, with good winter rains, a mild flowering and fruit set period and continued spring rainfall to ensure a healthy canopy. Pleasing yields showed good balance between vine vigour and moderate berry size. The ripening period that began late January was very cool, with some welcome rainfall in mid-February. This delayed harvest, with the cold nights and mild sunny days, produced optimal fruit ripeness and intensity. The freshness and bright natural acidity of the fruit were a real feature.


Each grape variety was handled separately until final blending to allow each variety to best exhibit its unique characteristics. Destemmed and selectively sorted. 50% whole berries. Open fermenters. Approximately 14-18 days on skins with a very gentle maceration. Wild yeast ferment. Matured in older French oak for 7 months. Bottled December 2021.

"Highly scented with a pure palate expression of texture and finesse. So much brightness and energy"
95 points - Ray Jordan, Top 100 Reds 2022

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