Journey wines

Journey Wines are a reflection not only of the unique vineyard sites on which the grapes were grown, but also of the journey of winemaker Damian North.

Read about Journey Wine’s 2015 & 2017 Pinot Noir below. 

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Journey Wines Small Batch 2015 Pinot Noir

Vineyard:

A Block, Lone Star Creek Vineyard

MV6 own rooted, planted in 1997. A Block is planted on red volcanic clay

Fruit picked on 4 March, 2015

Receival analysis:   Be:   pH:  TA:  

Winemaking:

Winemaker: Damian North

Total crush: 88 dozen. Small Batch wines are the expression of our single vineyard selections, crafted from exceptional fruit parcels in the very best years.

Crushed & pressed into open fermenters leaving 15% as whole bunch. After nearing full fermentation, a batch equivalent to four barriques (one new Dargaud & Jaeglé) was selected.

Yeast – Indigenous

MLF % – 100%

Maturation: Wine left to mature for 10 months prior to racking to tank.

Bottled on 4 February, 2016. No filtering.

Vegan friendly: Yes.

13% alc/vol; Approx. 7.8 standard drinks

Preservatives – S02

reviews:

Huon Hooke, The Real Review Front: 95 points.

Bright, medium red colour with a purple tinge. Chaffy, dry straw aromas, savoury and faintly smoky. It lacks primary fruit aromas but doesn’t lack fruit in the mouth. There are dark cherry flavours aplenty together with the smoky charcuterie notes. Medium-bodied with light, soft tannins, and a silky texture. Excellent flavour with good complexity and the palate is beautifully balanced. The bouquet was better a day later, with plenty of rich dark cherry and a kiss of oak. 

Journey Wines Small Batch 2017 Pinot Noir

Vineyard:

A Block, Lone Star Creek Vineyard

MV6 own rooted, planted in 1997. A Block is planted on red volcanic clay

Fruit picked on 17 March, 2017

Receival analysis:   Be:   pH:  TA:  

Journey Wines Pinot Noir 2017

Winemaking:

Winemaker: Damian North

Total crush: 100 dozen. Small Batch wines are the expression of our single vineyard selections, crafted from exceptional fruit parcels in the very best years.

Crushed & pressed into open fermenters leaving 20% as whole bunch. After nearing full fermentation, a batch equivalent to four barriques (one new Dargaud & Jaeglé) was selected.

Yeast – Indigenous

MLF % – 100%

Maturation: Wine left to mature for 11 months prior to racking to tank.

Bottled on 18 March, 2018. No filtering.

Vegan friendly: Yes.

13% alc/vol; Approx. 7.8 standard drinks

Preservatives – S02

reviews:

Campbell Mattison, The wine companion: 96 points.

20% whole bunches though it feels like more. Electrically spiced with autumn leaf, clove, twig, walnut and mulch characters swinging through vibrant red cherry and strawberry. It’s a firm, earnest, smoky pinot, serious is the word, with murky undergrowth characters and plenty of texture. Its flavour profile is no holds barred but it’s balanced and svelte. It will mature well.