2021 ChaLou Pinot Noir

Orange, NSW

Vibrancy and fruitiness abound in this Pinot Noir from the lovebirds at ChaLou


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Categories: Women in Wine

About The Wine

The ChaLou Pinot Noir is so damn easy to drink.

With 1/4 of the fruit fermented using carbonic maceration, there are vibrant red-fruit tones and a certain lightness of touch though without the wine being one dimensional. The rest of the grapes had a cold soak on the skins for two days so the colour is quite pale, with aromas and flavours offering fruity characters but also a savoury edge, with spice giving the wine some depth.

This is a wine that you can easily sip on a Friday night or down with your dinner, and it will continue to develop for a few more years.

About ChaLou Wines

ChaLou Wines is the venture of winemakers Nadja Wallington and Steve Mobbs (and general manager Barnacle the labrador). Having both been raised in wine families, each went on to study winemaking straight after high school, where they became good friends, keeping in touch as they worked overseas making wine.

Reuniting in Orange, they fell in love and soon enough Steve began working at Nadja's family's winery, Wallington Wines. In 2020 they bought an established, 6ha Vineyard, with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Arneis. Nadja and Steve now focus on their own brand fulltime, where they're able to use their collective experiences to create great wine.

Nadja Wallington and Steve Mobbs of ChaLou Wines
Nadja Wallington and Steve Mobbs of ChaLou Wines
Orange, NSW
Additional Info

From the Producer

Vineyard: ChaLou, Orange. N.S.W

Soil: Ordovician material approximately 460million years old. It contains basic volcanic material; sandstone, siltstone breccia and conglomerate derived from basalt and andesite

Season: A Cool wet season. Vines were shoot thinned and leaf plucked to reduce disease pressure and keep canopies open and dry.

Winemaking Notes:

115+114 clones hand-picked from top block were fermented with 10% Whole bunch. Grapes were allowed to cold soak for 2 days prior to fermentation with native yeast.

777 Clone from Henry Lane was fermented as 100% carbonic maceration and makes up 1/4 of the blend.

Some time of skins post fermentation to build savoury interest and depth before being basket pressed.

Racked to barrel with fine solids for MLF.

Minimal filtration and sulfur additions prior to bottling. No fining = Vegan Friendly

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 12%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

The ChaLou vineyard at dawn
The ChaLou vineyard at dawn
Orange, NSW
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Estate vines, off the top block, which comes on the earliest (and seemingly results in a very pale but vibrant looking wine). Nadja Wallington makes some clever and considered decisions about winemaking to bring this to life. "Succulent, lighter bodied, tart pinot noir of pickled cherry, pomegranate juice, young raspberry fruit characters and scents. Some spice, some faint earthiness, a lick of yeasty savoury complexity. Sappy finish. Has a lushness despite the lighter style. Should please all comers." Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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