2021 RIKARD Pinot Noir


Our earlier-picked, red-fruited Pinot Noir, produced to be aromatic and pretty with soft, elegant tannins and minimal impact from new oak. We aim for this wine to be multi-layered and approachable whilst young, with an emphasis on primary fruit, juicy acidity and freshness. Underneath though, this wine is serious at heart and will evolve with age into a darker, broodier Pinot.

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Colour: Ruby red colour

Nose: Red fruits and berries. Think of raspberries, pomegranates, red lapin cherries. Some rhubarb too. A touch of whole-bunch character gives some fennel-like herbaceousness and a jasmine-tea character. A hint of sweet spice. Cinnamon and clove.

Palate: On the palate it’s all red fruits up front. Bright, juicy and elegant. The fresh acid line carries the fruit through to the finish. There’s a textural, chewy, element to the mid palate with soft, round tannins and a hint of charcuterie. More secondary/savoury flavours emerge towards the end, as does the gentle oak influence – with slight vanillin notes.


Winemaking notes:

  • Harvested by hand over 6 separate picks between the 26th March and 12th April 2021
  • Two clones of Pinot Noir used from 2 separate vineyard sites both at 950m ASL
  • 50:50 777 and MV6 clones
  • Each pick wild yeast-fermented as whole berries in 1 tonne open fermenters and kept separate until blending.
  • 100% Whole bunch fermentation used for one component which makes up about 15% of the blend.
  • Plunged by hand twice daily during fermentation then pressed gently once dry.
  • Settled and then racked to 225L French oak barriques for maturation (10 months). Approximately 15% new oak.
  • Wine undergoes malolactic fermentation naturally in Spring.
  • Blended Jan 2022, allowed to settle for several weeks before bottling early Feb unfined and unfiltered.