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Bress Pinot Noir 2019

Quick Overview

Our Pinots are regular favourites with our Bress family, and this one is no exception. 2019 was a lovely, even growing season, yielding fruit with excellent sugar, acid and flavour balance. That meant we could use a large percentage of whole bunches in the ferments, bringing an ethereal character to the wine. Rich with cherry, spice and strawberry characters, our 2019 Pinot Noir is an immensely drinkable example of this noble variety. 

Availability: In stock

A$27.00

$162/6pk (min qty 6)

  • Buy 12 for A$24.30 each and save 10%

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The Vineyards

This Pinot Noir was grown in the appellations of Macedon, the Yarra Valley and a 42 year old vineyard situated at Faraday, 6 kilometres from Bress. The Yarra vineyard, Manfield is 40 years old and is situated at Panton Hill. The vineyard is planted to the MV6 clone which is much prized by Bress for its ability to produce full flavoured fruit across a range of viticultural sites including the Faraday vineyard . The Macedon vineyard, Chanter’s Ridge is planted to D5V12 clone, producing a very fragrant, light to medium weighted Pinot Noir. All the vineyards are trellised to the vertical shoot positioned system.

Winemaking

Our winemaking belief is that good fruit should be treated gently and with minimal intervention. The Bress 2018 Silver Pinot Noir was treated in this manner. Our Bress style is invariably whole bunch dominant at an average of 60%. A combination of whole bunch and gently crushed fruit fermentations occurred in open fermenters. Fermentation was slow and was conducted by indigenous yeast strains. Pumping over and hand plunging occurred three times a day. Post pressing, the wine was transferred to French oak hogsheads for malolactic fermentation and subsequent oak maturation for 9 months. Prior to bottling the wine was transferred to tank and allowed to settle then gently filtered prior to bottling. 

Food friends:

Whilst a perfectly delicious wine on it’s own, when we’re not drinking Bress Cider over a pork spit roast, we’re drinking this Silver Pinot. It is also an excellent partner marinated chicken thigh fillets, perfectly charred over the grill.

Ageing

Whilst enjoyable now, this wine will reward careful cellaring for up to 6 years.

"BRESS Wine, Cider & Produce is a dynamic mixed farm focusing on crafting wine, cider and produce using biodynamic and sustainable farming practices in Central Victoria. We embrace a philosophy of ‘enjoying simple pleasures’ through offering a range of high quality products and genuine experiences."

Adam

Founder & Winemaker

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Bress is a sustainable winery, vineyard, cider orchard, kitchen and market garden, that is run using the biodynamic farming practices developed in the 1920’s by Rudolph Steiner, producing our own compost and mulching to build up organic matter in the soil, retain soil moisture and improve soil vitality and plant health.

At Bress we believe certain grape-growing regions are better suited to particular grape varieties than others.  The French have understood this for several centuries and some Australian wine producers are now embracing this belief. 

Bress, located in Harcourt near Bendigo, Central Victoria, is one such producer.  The source of the fruit for our wines is not restricted to one specific region, but rather we make the most of the diversity of climates and soils Central Victoria has to offer and so we look to the Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges, Bendigo and Heathcote for the best quality fruit. Our wine-making process is very simple.  It starts in the vineyard, with grapes picked at flavour ripeness.  The wine is gently fermented and cared for with minimal intervention and natural yeasts.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

The story of Bress began with Adam Marks and his love for chickens. While making wine in Burgundy and Beaujolais in 1996, Adam heard that the finest eating chickens in the world hailed from a nearby town called Bourg en Bresse. Not one to make haste, Adam immediately visited a producer and witnessed first-hand their traditional method of breeding chickens. As a result of this discovery, Bress is dedicated to the famous chickens of France and what they represent – artisan production using traditional, age-old methods.

In 2004, Adam and Lynne Jensen came across a rundown vineyard and orchard with untapped potential in Harcourt, Central Victoria – a region where Adam started his winemaking career and where Lynne’s ancestors settled. Inspired by the mixed farming enterprises of France and Italy that they had visited on their travels, they had a vision of creating a place to welcome visitors to experience ‘The Bress Life. 

They proceeded to transform the property into a home for Bress, a sustainable farm and a place for visitors to share a meal, learn something new and most of all relax and have fun.

ADAM MARKS - BRESS FOUNDER AND WINEMAKER

A qualified viticulturist and winemaker with more than 25 years’ experience, Adam has made wine throughout the world for both large and small producers. Disillusioned with large corporate winemaking, Adam established Bress in 2001 with a desire to produce wines from fruit sourced from notable viticultural regions, using a minimal intervention approach in the winery. Adam is an entertaining character and his passion for wine, cider and sustainability on a global scale is evident in all that he does.

THE BRESS PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of ‘The Bress Life’ is based on the fundamentals behind life’s simple pleasures – and learning to both appreciate and enjoy them.

What Are ‘Simple Pleasures’ According To Bress?

  • -    We craft quality wine and cider that is made simply – high quality fruit, picked at flavour ripeness, fermented and gently cared for, with minimal intervention
  • -    We believe winemaking is an art not a science. We blend to taste, not to a formula.
  • -    We enjoy sharing a meal with family and friends
  • -    We understand and eat with the seasons
  • -    We grow our own produce and cook food that respects the simplicity of the ingredients and nourishes the soul
  • -    We love to play and have fun
  • -    We enjoy sharing our passion and our knowledge
  • -    We advocate being in the moment and enjoying nature and the environment

 

SUSTAINABILITY 

For over eight years we have employed sustainable farming practices which have resulted in a marked improvement in all of our crops – grapes, apples and the vegetables from our Kitchen and Market Gardens.

We welcome visitors to our Cellar Door at our property in happy happening Harcourt!

 

Additional Information

Region Macedon, Yarra Valley & Bendigo
Cellaring Life 2024
Price per Pack $162/6pk (min qty 6)
Alcohol % 13.0
Standard Drinks 7.7
Bottle Volume 750ml
Year 2019
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