The Story Wines is oddly located in a drab, southern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. There we receive grapes from some fabulous Grampians and Henty vineyards, and turn them into wine. Each vintage there is a new story to tell, and each year our label changes to reflect that story. Small budgets, small vineyards, engaging subjects.

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2010 Henty Pinot Noir

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Our second Pinot Noir from the Mt. Pierrepoint vineyard at Tarrington, outside Hamilton. A truly cool climate pinot noir vineyard, ripening in April in most years. The vineyard is a very low cropping one, but in 2010 there was a little extra than the usual 1-1.5 tonnes per acre, closer to 2. Wanting to make a more savoury style, I included approx 20% whole bunches in the ferment, and again fermented it in a small open fermented with natural yeasts. The young wine was moved by gravity to older oak barrels and only racked after 10 months on lees. It was not filtered, and retains a very light cloudiness as a result, and will throw a small amount of harmless sediment in the bottle. It’s a fleshy, yet savoury pinot with cherry and rhubarb flavours and hints of rose. Texture is velvety and mid-weight and the wine should age well over the medium term, 3 to 5 years.

– Vine Age: approx 12 years
– 13.5% alc.pH3.62
– Total Acidity 6.0g/l
– 97 dozen produced

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