Clair de Lune Blue Moon Pinot Noir 2015
Brian Gaffy manages all aspects of production on his vineyard in the cool-climate Strzelecki Ranges, north of the township of Leongatha, in the South Gippsland Region.
He planted his vineyard on 12-acres of undulating aspects on variations of silt loam, clay and sand. The vines are about 22-years-old -- mature. The vineyard has a mix of about six different Pinot Noir clones — predominantly MV6, 116 and 114.
A minimal interventionist approach is taken in the vineyard. Decisions on trellis and canopy management are based on micro-climates and clones in the vineyard. Bunch-thinning and low-cropping too. This means production levels are extremely low of his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Brian has previously worked vintages with Ros Ritchie (previously of Delatite Winery) and works closely with neighbouring Wild Dog Winery. He has more than 15 vintages under his belt.
Fruit is hand-picked, basket pressed and barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts. The Blue Moon Pinot sees about 11 months in a mix of new and old oak made from the forests of Allier in the Central department in France. No filtering and no additions apart from minimal amounts of sulphur.
Each step an effort to increase fruit quality and interest in the final bottling.
The resulting wine is supple, complex and expands in flavour in the glass.
The 2015 is pale in the glass. It has subtle gamey, pomegranate and red-cherry fruit aromas. It has fantastic texture, supple, velvety tannins, underlying smokey oak and great flavour and length.