Calulu Park Pinot Noir 2015
Calulu Park was planted in 1982. The first fruit buyer was Coldstream Hills. The first wine under the Calulu Park label was produced in 2002.
The estate is 7 hectares and is situated in the Woori Yallock sub region of the Yarra Valley. The vineyard is planted to the MV6 Pinot Noir clone. The vineyard is dry grown, hand pruned, shoot thinned, bunch thinned and hand picked to 2.5 tonnes per acre.
Fruit is processed at Hoddles Creek Estate. Named James Halliday's “Best Value Winery” of the Year in his 2015 Wine Companion. Winemaker Franco D’Anne worked extensively in his family’s wine store in Kew, completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Viticulture at Charles Sturt University, while working vintages at Hoddles Creek and Coldstream Hills. His first vintages of Hoddles Creek were completed with Peter Dredge of Red Edge, and overseen by Mario Marson, ex-winemaker for Mount Mary and Jasper Hill.
The fruit is hand-picked in the morning and refrigerated overnight. The next morning fruit split into batches. One main batch is destemmed and lightly crushed in tank. The remaining batch is left as whole bunches in the ferment. Some batches are left to cold soak for about 4-5 days while others start fermentation immediately. Natural and cultured yeasts were used on different ferments. The ferment is plunged by foot (pigage) daily. Once fermented is completed the wine is gently pressed and transferred to a mix of new and older barrels for about 11 months. The wine is lightly filtered and not fined before being bottled.
Medium bright red in the glass. This is a fruit forward pinot. The nose exhibits a dark berry with clean black cherries, plum and fine grained tannins.