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.
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.
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.
Whilst enjoyable now, this wine will reward careful cellaring for up to 6 years.
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.
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.
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 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?
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!
|Region||Macedon, Yarra Valley & Bendigo|
|Price per Pack||$162/6pk (min qty 6)|
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