2016 Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur Pinot Noir
Defying convention, a portion of the fruit for this wine (half) was not de-stemmed, but in fact tipped directly into a small open fermenter with the whole clusters remaining intact. Gradually the fermentation process ensued where it was allowed to continue without intervention for a period of 2 weeks. On the 14th day the grapes were subjected to pigeage (stomping by foot) and then immediately pressed to stainless steel tank. The resulting wine was allowed to settle briefly before being racked to one second use tight grain, light toast French Puncheon. After natural malolactic fermentation and 17 months maturation the barrel was racked to tank and bottle without fining or filtration. The Cri de Coeur Pinot has been aged in bottle for a further 12 months prior to release.