Impressively balanced and powerful, the 2013 Kakaba Reserve Pinot Noir got the big tick from absolutely everyone in the Cracka Tasting Panel - no mean feat from a bunch of Burgundy buffs.
Sourced from a tiny plot in the coolest and southernmost pocket of the Adelaide Hills, this stylish Pinot Noir was brought to life by Kakaba owner/winemakers Chris and Jill Milner, made in small quantities and with much attention to detail. Beautifully balanced, on the palate it shows dark cherry, plum and rhubarb; gentle spice and savoury herbal characters emerging on the lengthy finish. Slick and stylish, after four years in the bottle this offers phenomenally good drinking already, but will continue to develop beautifully for another five years.
The Kakaba Reserve wines represent the pinnacle of our Adelaide Hills winemaking.
Small parcels of wine, made from the highest quality grapes, nurtured in the vineyard and then very carefully treated in the winery, with minimal winemaking intervention and sensible use of quality French oak.
Our aim is to make elegant wines which express the terroir of the vineyard and exhibit purity and vibrancy of fruit.
Winemaking: This Pinot Noir is a mix of clones G8V3, MV6 and D4V2 from a vineyard at Kuitpo in the coolest, southern most part of the hills.
The fruit was harvested in the early morning and when delivered to the winery it was de-stemmed and then cool soaked for two days prior to beginning fermentation. It was fermented with minimal cap management in open fermenters with a varietal enhancing yeast to preserve the fresh primary fruit aromas of Pinot Noir. The wine was pressed off skins after six days fermentation and transferred into two and three year old French oak. Malolactic fermentation was completed while in oak, the wine was then racked and returned post malo for maturation. After 9 months the best barrels were selected and blended for bottling.
Tasting Notes: The fruit was sourced from Kuitpo in the coolest, southern most part of the hills and is a mix of G8V3, MV6 and D4V2 clones. The result is a stylish wine which exhibits elegant dark cherries with lifted Satsuma plum and nuances of beetroot, integrated cinnamon spice and hints of fennel seeds. The wine is well balanced with length, drive and persistence.