Heirloom Vineyards


‘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 Vineyard in Kersbrook whose clones and viticulture embody the very best in cutting edge but old school viticulture and winemaking.

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 second and third use French barriques.  The wine aged for seven months without any additions and was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small sulfur addition.


  • Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard: Single vineyard near Marble Hill in Kersbrook
  • Vine Age: 18-years-old
  • Soil Type: Weathered Schist with Sandy Loam
  • Viticulture: Practicing organic
  • Fermentation: Native – open-top stainless-steel (50% whole-cluster)
  • Skin Contact: 10 days
  • Aging: 7 months in second and third passage French barriques
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • pH: 3.44
  • Total Acidity: 6.78 g/L
  • Total SO2: 60 ppm
  • Total Production: 2,200 cases
  • UPC: 9342160000713

Tasting Note

Aromas of distant forests carried on a cool wind, freshly polished old boots readied for a country outing, menthol, mint and aniseed that help take the Pinot aromas to the higher moral ground. Cherried and berried fruits continue with hints of dried herbs.  The palate has linear acidity that kicks and bites from the front to the back, but in the nicest possible way. The black and determined fruits and berries are firm and unforgiving initially but soften with elegant earthy flavors entering the mix. And it is a red wine that does command and compels you to think and drink. The acidity that balances the fruit makes for a soft swell and an even tide when the bottle’s end nears.

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