Studebaker - 2018 Moondarra Pinot Noir
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"I sold my 1957 Studebaker President to buy the fenceposts for our first vineyard at Moondarra. Our Studebaker Pinot Noir is the most accessible of the three Pinot Noir wines we produce..." says winemaker Neil Prentice.
Go for a cruise with this light bodied friendly red, crafted from Pinot Noir grown biodynamically in on deep, volcanic soils, handpicked, crushed and destemmed. Small buckets of fruit are picked a week prior to harvest, foot-crushed and left in various parts of the vineyard to ferment spontaneously. These are then used to naturally inoculate the Pinot Noir harvested a week later. Long, slow ferment, with malolactic fermentation allowed to occur naturally in barrel. The wine is not racked until bottling, and no sulphur is added until bottling; only 20 ppm. Unfiltered, retaining a rich texture as well as aromatic lift – ‘I feel filtering ‘beats up’ aromatics and subtlety of the wine’, explains Neil.