The Wines Of Main Ridge Estate
Our chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented in new French oak barriques, lees stirred without sulphur dioxide for 11 months, & complete malo–lactic conversion. Natural yeasts are utilized to produce complex & individual wine.
The Acre Pinot Noir
Half Acre Pinot Noir
Both wines are made identically but reflect their different terroir.
Six clones of pinot noir are planted in the vineyard in order to ensure complexity in the wine. These clones ripen at various times and picking usually is during April. Warm fermentations using natural yeast are carried out in 2000 litre open vats with gentle plunging by hand. Further maceration on skins precedes pressing. Ageing is for 18 months in French oak barriques.
Half Acre Pinot Noir is from the site in the vineyard with the shallower soil. The effect is to produce smaller bunches and berries. The greater skin to juice ratio results in a more intense and tannic wine.
The Acre Pinot Noir is suitable for ealier drinking as the tannins are softer.