2015 Dirty Three 'Holgates Road' Pinot Noir
Our single vineyard Pinot Noir from our Holgates Road property. Our soils are very free draining grey sand and gravel over clay and coffee rock which make them high in mineral content. The vines on this site tend to be less vigorous and need less manual manipulation than the red volcanic soils found nearby in the region. We don’t irrigate as we believe this messes with the vintage expression too much.
“2015 was a lovely growing season. The weather was kind, resulting in a very mild year with lower than average rainfall. This brought ripening on early. Until the 2016 harvest it was the earliest harvest date on record down here… things getting earlier and earlier. The Holgates is a classic wine for this vineyard- deep, dark fruits over the top of some herbal elements. It really benefits from decanting.”