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‘Velvet Fog’

Pinot Noir   |   Adelaide Hills - Australia


Pinot Noir can be a simple sip or a symphony of the senses, a moment of pleasure or an eternity of contemplation. Only the poet can know, so stop thinking and surrender. ‘Velvet Fog’ was produced from Elena’s best Adelaide Hills vineyards in Kersbrook and Macclesfield; these sites embody the very best in cutting edge-meets-old school viticulture and winemaking. The 2022 vintage in the Adelaide Hills was very cool and overall, the region had the latest harvest since 2011. Pinot Noir is a particular standout from this vintage, thanks to long hang time and reduced yields.

The bunches were hand harvested with half of them being destemmed and the remaining portion fermented entirely whole-cluster.  The fermentations occurred in small open-top stainless-steel tanks and after 10 days on the skins the lots were basket-pressed to a mix of used (75%) and new (25%) French barriques.  The wine aged for nine months without any additions and was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small sulfur addition.


  • Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard: Macclesfield and Kersbrook
  • Vine Age: 15-years-old
  • Soil Type: Ironstone with rich red-brown sandy loam and yellow banded clay
  • Viticulture: Conventional
  • Fermentation: Native – open-top stainless-steel (50% whole-cluster)
  • Skin Contact: 10 days
  • Aging: 9 months in a mix of used (75%) and new (25%) French barriques
  • Alcohol: 13.2%
  • pH: 3.63
  • Total Acidity: 5.83 g/L
  • Total SO2: 57 ppm
  • Total Production: 2,000 cases
  • UPC: 9342160000713

Tasting Note

This Pinot Noir has a medium-red hue. Aroma melds briar, blackberry, rose petal, tamarind, and nougat, with fleeting hints of rich fruits. Evoking Pinot essence, it carries scents of pine forest floors and fresh mushroom compost—a true ‘being there’ experience. The palate unfolds flavors of fresh berry meeting Burgundian tobacco, leading to cool berry leanness reminiscent of early English summer. The interplay between fruit and poised tannin is Wordsworthian—serious yet poetic. Versatile with food, a refined Pinot Noir with poetic resonance.

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