Hawkshead is a ‘Single Estate’ Vineyard in the Gibbston Valley. Hawkshead Vineyard enjoys a near continental climate. Warm days and cool nights evoke memories of Burgundy and our grapes, on the north-facing slopes benefit from all year sunshine. A long dry autumn, accompanied by warm daylight temperatures, ensures slow ripening and intense flavour development for out high quality fruit.
100% Gibbston fruit
Active and careful vineyard management is vital for growing quality grapes. Good grapes make good wine and 2018 vintage was no exception. Hand harvested and selected on the 1st and 2nd April at an average of 23.9 Brix. Spent on average 28 days on skins, plunged once per day. Pressed at dryness and settled for 2 days before being racked to barrel. Malolactic 100% went through early and aged in French Oak barrels for 8 months. (25% new oak)
The 2018 estate Pinot Noit shows, lifted bouquet of sweet violet, a touch of oak spice and layers of fragrant black cherries and red berries. These aromas flow into the vibrant palate. Finely grained tannins and bright acidity are beautifully balanced and together with the fruit aromas deliver a joyful, lively wine with soft mouthfeel and lingering length.
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