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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2011 Port Campbell Pinot Noir

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This year we have found a new Pinot Noir site, cooler and further south than our previous source, and capable of producing some very interesting wine due to it’s extreme climate. 15min inland from Port Campbell, home of the 12 apostles, is Newton’s Ridge Vineyard. It is a very small site planted in 1998 to the MV6 clone of Pinot Noir, on Red-Brown fertile soils over limestone bedrock. While 2011 was a very cold and wet year, the vineyard produced a miniscule crop which allowed it to ripen – just. Destemmed and fermented with wild yeasts over 14 days, then pressed to French barriques, 20% new. It was not filtered or fined, and has a delicately spicy and also rose-petal tinged nose, fresh acidity and pure, supple strawberry fruits. Probably not a long-term wine, but will be great in 12 months.

– Vine Age: approx 13 years
– 12.5% alc.pH 3.58
– Total Acidity 6.0g/l
– 170 dozen produced

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