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2016 Cape Bernier Haphazard Tasmanian Pinot Noir

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This is a brand-new Pinot Noir from Cape Bernier, a Tassie winery that needs no introduction here at Cracka.

This east coast winery - which was Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year in 2010 - has crafted some stunning Pinots over the years. The new 2016 Cape Bernier Haphazard Pinot Noir is yet another top release from this boutique producer too - a delicious Pinot Noir in superb form.

Handpicked from the Bream Creek-based Cape Bernier Vineyard, this gets the same treatment as the more expensive 'Estate' Pinot Noir - with a wild ferment and extended time on skins, and spends time on the Shiraz lees for flavour - yet is pulled out of oak earlier in a bid to make a more approachable style.

What a superb Tassie Pinot this is. Surprisingly full-flavoured and chunky, it's a riot of plump dark plum fruit and fine tannins. A Pinot with depth, despite its youth.

Winemaker's Notes

Cape Bernier is a family run vineyard located on the slops of the Ragged Tier, an ancient volcanic range, overlooking stunning Marion Bay on Tasmania's east coast. The maritime climate and rich vineyard soils provide the ideal growing conditions for cool climate varietals, perfect for Pinot Noir.

Early release Pinot Noir with good natural acidity and structure blended for early drinking. The wine exhibits good Pinot fresh fruit flavours though is backed with plenty of body making it a pleasant easy drinking Pinot without being too light. The blend is primarily of 114 and D5V12 clones and from a warm high yielding year. Soaked on the lees of a cool climate Shiraz to add extra body with the added bonus of good tannins.

Best matched with poultry and duck.

Alc/vol: 13.1%

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