Chain of Ponds Morning Star Pinot Noir 2015 (6 x 750mL) SA

Description:

In the Vineyard

Fruit for the 2015 Morning Star pinot is sourced from a single block from a single vineyard in the southern Adelaide Hills. Only the best barrels from the block are selected for the Morning Star. The blend is made from 100% MV6 clone from a VSP trellis in Kuitpo.

In the Winery

The fruit was harvested in the early morning and destemmed only,10% of handpicked whole bunches were added to the fermenter. It was cool soaked for 2 days prior to beginning fermentation. It was fermented with minimal cap management via plunging and air sparging in open fermenters with a burgundian isolate yeast to preserve the fresh primary fruit and aromas of pinot noir and help preserve the colour. The wine was pressed off skins after 8 days of fermentation, transferred into 40% new french and 60% 2 and 3 year old french oak. Malo-lactic fermentation was completed while in oak. Left on fine lees for 12 months, the wine was then barrel selected from each parcel and blended to create the final blend.

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Chain of Ponds Morning Star Pinot Noir 2015 (6 x 750mL) SA

Lot No: 0001-2486968 Quantity: 1
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05/08/2020 3.20 PM AEST

RRP$35

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In the Vineyard

Fruit for the 2015 Morning Star pinot is sourced from a single block from a single vineyard in the southern Adelaide Hills. Only the best barrels from the block are selected for the Morning Star. The blend is made from 100% MV6 clone from a VSP trellis in Kuitpo.

In the Winery

The fruit was harvested in the early morning and destemmed only,10% of handpicked whole bunches were added to the fermenter. It was cool soaked for 2 days prior to beginning fermentation. It was fermented with minimal cap management via plunging and air sparging in open fermenters with a burgundian isolate yeast to preserve the fresh primary fruit and aromas of pinot noir and help preserve the colour. The wine was pressed off skins after 8 days of fermentation, transferred into 40% new french and 60% 2 and 3 year old french oak. Malo-lactic fermentation was completed while in oak. Left on fine lees for 12 months, the wine was then barrel selected from each parcel and blended to create the final blend.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Richly savoury and complex, the engaging bouquet shows dried cherry, roast meat, truffle, nutmeg and subtle thyme and olive notes. The palate is elegantly weighted and smooth with sweet berry flavours together with fragrant spice undertones, leading to a lingering finish. It is firmly structured and robust with an expansive mouthfeel." - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 93pts 5 STARS

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Deep cherry red with a light garnet hue.

Bouquet

Intensely vibrant nose displaying bright red fruit, hints of beetroot integrated with dark cherry and fresh raspberry. Subtle spiciness is evident from the addition of whole bunches and adds a hint of freshly cracked pepper. A touch of dried herbs helps give a lift and balance to sweeter fruits.

Palate

On the palate there is juicy red currant and cherry with supporting blueberry fruits, beetroot and blood plum. The fruits are balanced and integrated with savoury dried herbs and a mild pepper note. Medium to full bodied with savoury structural tannins and balanced acidity, persistent and lively on the finish with a good balance of

aromatic oak tannins and primary fruit.

Medals & Trophies

Gold

Wine Showcase Magazine

Winery Profile

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5 Star Winery

The Place

The ‘Chain of Ponds’ initially described a creek which ran all the way from beyond Kersbrook to its confluence with the River Torrens near Prairie in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. The area was dotted at regular intervals with small ponds, having no visible connection above the ground but never drying up even in the driest, hottest summers. Much of the chain of water holes known as the Chain of Ponds vanished under the waters of the Millbrook Reservoir in 1918.

Viticulture

The Chain of Ponds winery was established in 1985 on the outskirts of Gumeracha, approximately 4km from the original township. While vineyards have been part of the makeup of the area since colonisation, the Chain of Ponds Winery was the first major planting of any note in the northern area of the Adelaide Hills Wine region. Four thousand vines were initially planted, covering 9 varieties, consisting of 470 vines of each variety, which was further increased with an additional 150 acres planted in 1989. The first vintage being in 1988.  The winery has more recently extended the vineyard boundaries to source fruit from a much broader area of the region, which has added further complexities and subtleties to the wines themselves. Chain of Ponds produces a wide range of products and varieties which are perfectly suited to this cool climate region. The white varietals include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Semillon and Chardonnay. The reds include popular Australian varieties: Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as emerging and exciting varieties for the region: Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Barbera.

Winemaker - Greg Clark

Chain of Ponds winemaker Greg Clack was awarded a winemaking degree at Adelaide University in 2003 and had extensive winemaking experience, working at wineries in the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale before joining Chain of Ponds in 2005. Greg initially working under our founding winemaker Neville Falkenberg, learning some of the secrets to producing elegant, cool climate wines. But in 2007 Neville moved on to other pastures leaving the gate open for Greg to step up and continue Chain of Pond’s drive to produce world class wines.  In 2008 Greg was a finalist in the Young Winemaker of the Year Awards. Throughout his career Greg has earned the respect of his peers for his hard work and attention to quality and has achieved many awards for his wines. He has meticulous attention to detail and is absolutely focused on quality both in the vineyards and in the winery . . . we are sure that his best wines are still to be made!

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Other Information

  • 2015 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL units
  • SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 12% alc.
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