2016 Rileys of Eden Valley Pinot Noir

Vineyard: Rileys Pinot Noir vineyard is situated outside the township of Eden Valley on the family estate. Pinot Noir is not normally grown in the Barossa wine region but Rileys site is higher than others and challenged by cooler than average evening temperatures, allowing a variety such as Pinot Noir to be grown.

Season: The vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. Rainfall came in early March which and allowed the vines to refresh without damaging wine grapes.

Wine making: The grapes were hand picked,  gently pressed in a traditional basket press before a short time on skins to transfer some colour.  New French oak barrels were used to mature the Pinot Noir and bottle for release.

Appearance: Light red brick with purple hue

Aroma/Bouquet: Lively aromas of strawberries and cherries, with a delicate hint of spice.

Palate: The Pinot Noir has delightful fresh berries on the immediate palate with hints of plum and black pepper.  Light to medium bodied with a soft and slightly savory finish.

Food Pairing: Chinese five spice duck, Risotto with Parmesan and garden peas or Maggie Beer's Pheasant Farm Pate with freshly baked french stick.

Alcohol: 12%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: 300 Cases

Cellar potential: Now - 2025

Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine

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