The OTQ Series is a pure expression of Jules’ winemaking skills and her vision to create wines which speak of their place.
The fruit for this Pinot Noir was grown on the picturesque Meadowbank vineyard. The vines are rooted in dense clay soils and positioned on a north facing slope which provides an ideal aspect to obtaining perfectly ripened Pinot Noir. The very small number of rows were carefully managed in order to provide low yielding fruit of great concentration. The grapes were hand harvested, wild fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in old French oak barrels. The resultant wine exhibits wonderfully intense dark berry flavours seamlessly balanced with soft earthy tones and velvety tannins.
Dark ruby purple, this Pinot Noir exudes intense blackcurrant aromas with dark juicy fruits; black dorris plums, boysenberries and blackberries. A pleasant hint of violet is layered over subtle vanilla and chocolate notes. With wonderfully intense fruit flavours to taste and soft, velvety tannins providing nuances of dark chocolate, this wine is of pure decadence.
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in Meadowbank Estate, up the Taylor Pass. Positioned on slopes with deep clay soils, the fruit was hand harvested in late March, then destemmed into small open top fermenters and cold soaked for 10 days. The wine then wild fermented with indigenous yeast. Gentle hand plunging during the fermentation ensured gentle extraction of tannins and colour. After some time on skins, Jules pressed off the wine into a combination of new and old French oak where a full malolactic fermentation took place. Here it matured for 10 months. Just prior to the 2017 vintage, Jules removed the wine from oak, gave it a light egg white fining and bottled it.
5 Stars. Sensuous, seductive and sophisticated, this gorgeous pinot exhibits dark berry, plum, clove and floral characters with nuances of cedar and truffle. The palate is concentrated and striking, and displays outstanding mid palate weight and silky texture, backed by seamlessly woven fine tannins. This is engaging and charming with a persistent, gratifying finish. At its best: now to 2022.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit