1998 Museum Release Pinot Noir
1998 was considered the finest vintage of the decade, and one of the best in a century. The 1998 vintage was the second of two dry seasons, growing conditions were excellent with reds very intense - the most intense in recent years.
The grapes were fermented with a small percentage of whole bunches but was mainly de-stemmed and lightly crushed with a 3 week cold maceration followed by around 15 months of maturation in francais oak, 40% new. The wine has a medium ruby colour and nice intensity of wild ferment and game aromas over black cherry and ripe raspberry with subtle notes of violets, cinnamon stick, tar, loam, anise and espresso.
Medium-high acid and a medium level of fine grained tannins provide solid structure to the savoury, forest-floor, espresso and beetroot flavours opening out on the palate. The tannins are fine and lingering and the palate is rich
This is an elegant, medium-bodied Pinot with a long finish; 850 cases were produced.
Though delicious now, this wine should be even better in 12 months, cellaring through 2018+.
Date grapes picked: 23rd March 1998
Maturation: Small French barriques
Date wine bottled: September 29th 1999
Alcohol: 13% VOL
Cellar potential: Very good – 12 to 17 years