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Candice Helbig and Frewin Ries are pursuing the idea of terroir in their CRFT range, looking for interesting sites with unique characteristics from around the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills.
The Chapel Valley Vineyard is one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the region. A former leek farm, this vineyard produces the lightest and daintiest of the CRFT releases this year.
“The coolness of this south facing site always produces our most textural Pinot Noir, and often the lightest in colour.” - Candice and Frewin
It’s an airy yet complex wine of purity and style. One for the Pinot Noir enthusiast.
What It Tastes Like
Really pretty, delicate little thing. Pink grapefruit and pomegranate with a slight dusting of spice. Fresh spring flowers, citrus and a little mint. So intricate and lithe. A complex dainty Pinot for those who love the softer side of the variety. Delightful.
Chapel Valley Vineyard is owned and farmed by Sam Virgara.
Site location: Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills
Map coordinates: -34.974428,138.737142
Pinot Noir Clones: 114 & 115
Elevation: 490 meters
Aspect: South facing
Rows: 10 to 14
Soil: Grey sandy loam with a gravel mix, clay subsoil.
Hand-picked, gently destemmed 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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