Country: New Zealand Region: Great Southern, Western Australia Vintage: 2018
Category: Pinot Noir Color: Red
The Three Lions wines from Plantagenet are wines of power and provenance, much like the family from which they draw inspiration. The name Plantagenet was given to the shire in Western Australia by early English settlers, and was adopted by the winery when it was established in 1974. Plantagenet the winery is self-sufficient, with 126 hectares of vineyard in Great Southern. All their wines are made from estate fruit. Their Three Lions label, with a link to the name Plantagenet, showcases the quality of grapes from across their various sites.
Plantagenet’s total 126 hectares of vineyard have been carved out of the region’s distinctive Marri soils, named after the massive native Marri, or Red Gum, trees that grow here. The soils are gravelly loams with good drainage over a base of clay, sand or ironstone rock, ensuring that the vines are not over-watered or over-fertilised, thus allowing for optimal fruit concentration.
Grapes were machine harvested and then destemmed and crushed before being transferred to temperature controlled tanks. Fermentation took place at 25°C and was aided by regular pump overs and punch downs to maximise the extraction of aromatics and colour. The wine was then transferred into barrels for malolactic fermentation, which softened acidity and tannins and allowed integration of complex oak flavours.
This wine is deep garnet red in colour. On the nose, there are lifted aromas of red cherry, forest floor and a savoury complexity that leads into a palate bursting with bramble fruits and toasty oak. This Pinot Noir is beautifully textured with fine tannins and balanced acidity.