This is Pinot Noir from the Potter’s Hill Vineyard in Summertown, located in the western enclave of the Adelaide Hills. The vineyard was planted in 1992 and is located between 1,600-1,750 feet in elevation on an east facing, sandy clay over shale ridden site. Since early 2017, Steve has been assisting the owners, Paul & Sarah Hill, with converting the vines to organic viticulture as well as implementing cane pruning and shoot thinning, allowing more light to enter the vines. Half of the property is planted to olives and fruit trees, and the other half to these Pinot vines. The growing season was cooler and longer in 2021, and the grapes were touched with a tad less sugar than previous years, but acid and tannin levels were in their zones.
The fruit was hand picked and cold soaked overnight. Fermentation kicking off naturally over the course of 2-3 days with 30% whole bunch clusters. Gentle hand plunging and maceration ensued while the grapes fermented for three weeks. Once the ferment went dry it, the wine was left of the skins for an additional four days then basket pressed with full lees to French oak (20% new) to age for 9 months before being racked to stainless steel for another month. It was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.