2007 Tasting Notes

This Penfolds Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir style continues to evolve and the 2007 vintage is the eleventh commercial release. Using a selection from high altitude, cool climate Adelaide Hills vineyards, a major winemaking objective is to craft a wine that is both complex while young, and yet has the capacity to evolve and mature admirably.

This release was hand picked and the various parcels were coldsoaked for four days prior to a natural fermentation using 25% whole bunches with no pressings included. The base wines remained on gross lees for nine months without SO2 in 50% new and 50% seasoned French oak barriques. The wine was then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Cold soaked, partially whole bunch fermented and hand-plunged, both Penfolds and Pinot.

The Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir was first released commercially in 1997, following a series of winemaking trials by Peter Gago at Magill Estate.

Small-batch winemaking practice is central to the overall style of this pinot noir. The fruit is sourced from various cool-climate vineyard sites around Adelaide Hills, and around the clock hand plunging through the fermentation process further optimises the flavours until the wine approaches dryness.

Penfolds and independent growers work closely to achieve the best results with the grapes. No parcel of fruit is ever exactly the same and the required standards are achieved through intuitive tasting and basic field-testing of grapes in the vineyards..

Penfolds continues to experiment and refine the Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir. Presently the wine is best to drink when fresh and young; however the best vintages can age and gain further complexity and richness with a few years in the cellar. The wine is bottled unfiltered.

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