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Nocton Vineyard 2015 Estate Chardonnay

Nocton Vineyard 2015 Estate Chardonnay

Nocton Vineyard 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Nocton Vineyard 2015 Willow Series Reserve Pinot Noir
Nocton Vineyard 2015 Willow Series Reserve Chardonnay
Nocton Vineyard 2015 Estate Merlot

 

Nocton Vineyard was planted in 1999 on gentle north-east facing slopes in the Coal River Valley, in South East Tasmania. It's a region renowned for its quality cool-climate wines now Nocton's wines are heading not just around Australia but into Asia as well.

The vines live in dolerite-based soils over a free-draining calcareous and Triassic sandstone subsoil. Just like Burgundy, where the great pinot and chardonnay vineyards of France reside, limestone runs through the valley. It's the combination of these soils and substrata that Nocton believes imparts the great depth of colour and much of the character and texture typically displayed in their wines.

Here's tasting notes for the current range:

2015 Nocton Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

Tasting note: 2015 was another modestly yielding year which, particularly for oru chardonnays, produced good flavour intensity. Bright green/gold in colour, there’s stone fruit and rock melon and all the usual cool climate chardonnay characteristics on the nose. But there is also a savoury note; an organic richness, that adds significant depth. The palate is loaded with peaches and cream, perhaps a touch of mushroom and great length.

Winemaking: layers of flavour and texture are built up by part fermenting in old oak (15%,) partial lees contact and part pristine juice. The wine is then bottled in September to retain freshness.

Food: the combination of freshness and creaminess lends itself perfectly to a bowl of seafood chowder or maybe that old classic, chicken with peaches.

Alc/Vol 14%

RRP A$27 per bottle (direct from vineyard)

 

2015 Nocton Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting note: 2015 was another modestly yielding year which produced good flavour intensity. Straw coloured with aromas of white peaches, the palate offers more complexity with fruit salad flavours mingling with a pebbly minerality and a firm and serious structure. Finishes very strongly with nectarine and a touch of grassiness.

Winemaking: after a cool ferment, the wine is allowed to sit on lees (fine sediment) for 3 months in tank, building creaminess and good palate weight to enhance the vineyard’s natural texture. Bottling is carried out immediately afterwards to retain freshness.

Food: take one wild rabbit, a bunch of fresh herbs, a small carrot and two bottles of this and I’m sure you can work out the rest.

 

Alc/Vol 13.9%

RRP A$29 per bottle (direct from vineyard):

 

2015 Nocton Vineyard Estate Merlot

Tasting note: bright, lifted, cranberry on the nose with a touch of fivespice. The palate sparkles with acidity and tiny bursts of blackcurrant and elderberry flavours. The tannins are simply beautiful...wrapping the fruit into a tight and perfectly balanced parcel.

Winemaking: 2015 was a vintage which gave us a combination of power and balance. Couple this with super low yields in the vineyard (under 3T/ha for Merlot) and the result is a wine that needed very little additional help in the winery other than a few pre-loved barrels included in the final blend.

Food: a plate of anti-pasta is going to make this wine very happy. Or great pizza (as I write this.)

Alc/Vol 13.4%

RRP A$29 per bottle (direct from vineyard):

 

2015 Nocton Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir

Tasting notes: 2015 was another modestly yielding year but a vintage to look out for in terms of finesse and varietal character. This wine is no exception, beautifully coloured with real “pinosity” on the nose. Youthful red fruit aromas and a hint of vanilla follow into a palate which builds beautifully into a mouthful of totally satisfying lushness and real length.

Winemaking: designed to show off the vineyard’s specific flavours, cool ferment in tank to preserve primary fruit is embellished with approximately
15% old wood maturation to enhance the savoury notes. Generally, we try to let our 200 million year old soils do the talking.

Food: so fresh that salmon makes a great partner, and classic combinations like quail or soft, ripe cheeses or even all of them together.

Alc/Vol 13.8%

RRP A$29 per bottle (direct from vineyard):

 

About the Willow Series of Nocton wines

The Willow pattern, invented in the 1790’s by Thomas Minton the famous potter, is a purely European representation of the East using Chinese symbolism. It is incorporated into the design of our reserve label to illustrate our heritage, the celebration of both our Chinese and  western cultures and the quality of these wines.

 

2015 Willow Series Reserve Chardonnay

Vintage: adequate winter rainfall followed by settled conditions at flowering resulted in a good set of small bunches. A warm summer initially looked like bringing in an early crop until a cold spell late in the season slowed things up, pushing most of the picking into April.

Winemaking: handpicked bunches were whole bunch pressed into a variety of French oak 226lt barrels (of which around 15% were new.) A partial malo-lactic fermentation was followed by 10 months maturation with a single racking. They were bottled in Feb 2016 and aged in our cellars for a further year.

Tasting note: green/gold in colour with aromas of honeydew melon, butterscotch, peanut brittle and some dusty oak. In the mouth there are citrus notes, nuts, some creamy oak and a seam of acidity running through everything.

Alc/Vol 12.5%

RRP A$38 per bottle (direct from vineyard)

 

2015 Willow Series Reserve Pinot Noir

Vintage: adequate winter rainfall followed by settled conditions at flowering resulted in a good set of small bunches. A warm summer initially looked like bringing in an early crop until a cold spell late in the season slowed things up, pushing most of the picking into April.

Winemaking: perfect bunches were selected and handpicked and a high proportion of whole bunches were included in the small, open ferments which were hand plunged.

The wine was pressed into a variety of French oak 226lt barrels (of which around 15% were new) for around 14 months maturation during which time they went through malo-lactic fermentation. They were bottled without fining and with the bare minimum of filtration in order to maintain their full fruit expression and natural structure.


Tasting: dark but youthful in colour, the aromas are of marzipan and Morello cherries. The palate is still brooding and powerful with great tannin and the promise of a long future.

Alc/Vol 13.5%

RRP A$40 per bottle (direct from vineyard)

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