Wines of the Month

September 2023 Releases: Ghost Rock 2022 Estate Pinot Noir $45 & J & J Invercarron 2022 Pinot Noir $42

September 2023

September 2023 Releases: Ghost Rock 2022 Estate Pinot Noir $45 & J & J Invercarron 2022 Pinot Noir $42

Ghost Rock 2022 Estate Pinot Noir $45

At Ghost Rock we take great pride in two things above all else; the quality of our fruit, and the quality of our portfolio. Our region is ours to explore, and we leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of excellence – from our first wine to our last. VINTAGE Our 2022 vintage was much like 2021, with dryer than average summer conditions, ideal ripening temperatures, and evasion of weather events that gripped other regions. Yields were average across the vineyard, with quality and aromatics proving high across all varietals. Fruit reached ideal ripeness with ease and came in swiftly in 3 short weeks across each of our blocks. An easy growing season, drama-free, and producing some of our most aromatic wines yet VITICULTURE This Pinot Noir was sourced from vineyards across both the northern and southern sides of the road, incorporating 8 different clones from within the Pinot Noir kingdom (both Burgundy and Californian clones). Picking occurred over a 18-day period as each individual clone reached optimal ripeness uniquely to others. WINEMAKING Fruit was picked based on clonal ripeness. Ferments were a 50/50 split between wild and inoculated, with some batches receiving a cold soak. Ferments were plunged by hand twice daily to point of 1 Baume, when they were drained, pressed, and put to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wines were aged on lees in 30% new French oak, before racking, filtering, and bottling. COLOUR Dried cranberry . NOSE Crushed stone reduction notes lifts flavours of spice and fruit out of the glass. Cinnamon, clove, plum, raspberry, and cherry. PALATE This vintage produced a mid-weighted body that is delicate and elegant. Savoury spices are kept fresh on the palate by a balanced and lively natural acidity. KEY STATISTICS Harvest Date 6th - 24th April Alcohol 13.8% pH 3.67 Residual Sugar 0.47 g/l Acidity 5.7 g/l Bottling Date 20th December 2022 STRONG LINEAGE 2019 Estate Pinot Noir 95 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion, 2020 2018 Estate Pinot Noir Gold – Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 2016 Estate Pinot Noir 95 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion, 2019


J & J Invercarron 2022 Pinot Noir

The Jones Family received their first parcel of land in the Jordan Valley in 1818. Although the physical location has since changed, the Jones family have maintained their farming origins and, six generations later, are still successfully farming the region. Invercarron is now owned & farmed by Andrew and Karen Jones. We are located in Broadmarsh, a hidden gem located in the Jordan Valley, only a 45 minute drive from Hobart. Being the first vineyard in the region has its challenges, however our location is what makes us unique. The site for the vines was selected after a search of the property, settling on a north-facing block perched high above the valley. The site provides panoramic views of the region, you can see the sheep grazing, the tractor ploughing the fields – all while standing amongst the vines of Invercarron Vineyard. It’s a very unique office. After many soil tests, family discussions and research, the first vines were planted in 2017. Three generations of the Jones’s rolled up their sleeves to chip in and help out. We decided to plant Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, due to the pristine cool-climate growing conditions in Southern Tasmania. Fast forward to now, and we are just about to bottle our second vintage. Out first vintage exceeded all expectations, with our Pinot Noir achieving a score of 93/100 from Huon Hooke. Being introduced to the wine world has been a steep learning curve, for all of us, but we are committed to putting The Jordan Valley on the map. Like our pioneering ancestors, Invercarron Wines is breaking new ground in the Jordan Valley to ensure the Jones legacy remains for many generations to come. 2022 INVERCARRON PINOT NOIR TASTING NOTES by winemaker Justin Arnold at Ghost Rock winery. The first mouthful reveals blue berry and red cherry fruits with the floral lift of violet flowers. It has a silky texture that makes for a plush softness through the mid palate, but then it also reveals a savoury aspect from orange peel and nutmeg which then lead to a lingering tannin structure, that is fine and dry. Its medium bodied with impeccable structure that should see this wine continue to develop in the cellar through to 2030. VINIFICATION NOTES • 100% destemmed prior to fermentation. • 3-5 day cold soak prior to fermentation. • A combination of old and new French oak, 30% new. • Use of wild and inoculated yeast which provided beautiful aromatics, complexity and structure. • Only small quantities produced. • Cherry, spice and forest floor characters drive this wine • Vegan friendly. • Clones Abel, 777, D4V2 & D5V12. • Unfined.

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