Planted in 2002 on gently sloping calcareous clay soils, vines are now mature and reflecting a true expression of site Seven clones from Burgundy provide variety in flavour and hand harvesting ensured clean, perfectly-ripened fruit was delivered to the winery.
Perched on the hillside, the Hare's Breath block earned its name from momentary glimpses by winery staff of an enigmatic wild hare living among the vines. On cool winter mornings the hare's breath can be seen in frosty puffs. Lumps of free limestone are dotted in the soil surface, giving a strong mineral character to the fruit. Natural air movement down the slopes keeps everything frost free and the hillside soils are free draining, making this a reliable block even on wetter years. A little irrigation is needed in summer, drawn from the naturally renewing spring on the property.
These rows are planted to a higher density than our older blocks with a mix of seven newer clone types from Burgundy, including one rumoured to have been smuggled out of Domaine de la Romanee Conti in the 1970s, tucked into a rugby player's gumboot. The vines are now reaching maturity and with careful spur-pruning and minimal irrigation we ensure a low yield, with each vine producing just enough fruit to create a single bottle of wine.
Muddy Water Hare's Breath Pinot Noir 2013
Lifted, vibrant and complex aroma profile of ripe berry and dark cherry. A definite mineral element flows through the palate providing structure and restraint to the fruit. Earthy and complex, underlying ripe berries are tightly bound by chalky tannin influenced by the limestone subsoil.