Pinot Noir (Foxeys Hangout)$38.00
All Foxeys red wines are destemmed berries fermented in small, one to two tonne open fermenters. Native yeasts are used and the wine is left to go through native malolactic fermentation in spring. This winter period in barrel builds colour and structural stability in our red wines. It is important to us not to force fermentations through or sulphur the wine early in its life. The Foxeys pinot noir gets one-third new French oak barrels, the remainder one- and two-year-old barrels. The MV6 clone from our original Foxeys vineyard in Merricks North is a little 'meaty', absorbs new oak easily and integrates it well. The other two vineyard components in the blend, White Gates and Kentucky Road provide red fruits and middle palate roundness.
There were low yields in 2015 and it was a reasonably warm year without any peak heat events over summer. Most of our pinot vineyards are up-the-hill in cooler sites - those sites absolutely love a gentle ripening but warm year and the 2015 is for us, really outstanding for pinot noir. Good colour, plenty of structure but not overbearing so as to make our wines 'dry-reddish'. There is lovely perfume and pinot noir varietal character to the Peninsula wines from 2015, yet they still show power and length.
Lifted aromatics and morello cherries on the nose, loads of red fruits with some oak, spice and a little gamey, meaty character. Tremendous vigour and concentration. Structure is medium to full bodied for pinot with moderate alcohol at 13.5% and plenty of supple tannins to finish.
Duck of any kind, veal, Cantonese-style beef with black beans will work well, game birds and light braises.
2015 has produced wines that drink quite well in their youth simply due to a volume of flavour and middle-palate fruit; to get the most from these wines though you will want to put some away. We recommend drinking this wine anytime to 2024. It will develop tobacco and attractive potpourri aromas and maintain savouriness with excellent structure.