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Of the suite of CRFT Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, the Budenberg is the most structural. This Piccadilly vineyard is littered with pieces of ironstone, blue stone and some quartz. These soils yield tight, dense punches with amazing power and concentration. As with all of the CRFT wines, this Pinot is made with delicate hands in the winery, with the emphasis being on capturing the essence of this unique vineyard. It is also unfined, unfiltered and vegan-friendly. The 2015 release is a wine of what you might call 'quiet intensity'. It is always the first of these wines to sell out and with only 138 dozen produced this year, you'll have to be quick if you want the chance to try this lovely wine.
What it Tastes Like
Darker forest berries, exotic spices, anise, cardamon and some purple flowers. It's a more tightly coiled wine which tenses up then explodes on the palate. Richly flavoured, it ripples with fantastic, commanding tannins of iron and minerals. Great wine.
Budenberg Vineyard is managed and farmed by Mark Whisson and owned by Ian and Rosie Budenberg. Site location: Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills Map coordinates: -34.97274,138.744384 Clones: Majority 114 & 115, 1 row of MV6 Planted: 1995 Elevation: 540 meters Aspect: East facing Rows: 19, 37-44, 66-69, 74-76. Soil: Clay loam and shale with a mix of large pieces ironstone, blue stone and some quartz. An incredibly steep and rocky site. Hand-picked, gentle destem to retain whole berries with 20% whole bunches, 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation in stainless steel. Gentle hand plunge twice daily, allowing ferment temperature to peak at 30°C, 14 days on skins. Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 15% new oak, lees stirred in barrel for 2 months. Unfined, unfiltered, vegan.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
The CRFT story is exciting, and I just love everything about it. Husband and wife team of Frewin Ries and Candice Helbig both gained extensive winemaking experience for large companies like Cloudy Bay (Frewin) and Hardys (Helbig), before launching into CRFT with the 2013 vintage. They only produce tiny volumes of all their wines, and their philosophy is all about minimally interfered with single vineyard wines that truly express their time and place. High quality, individual wines.
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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