Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon Pinot Noir
"Sang de Pigeon (Pigeon’s Blood) is a nod to my former life as a jewellery valuer. It’s the trade term for the colour of the finest rubies, invariably from the Mogok Stone Tract in Myanmar. The precious grapes for this wine come from distant lands far to the south-east: the elevated vineyards of South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. Rose and rosemary, ripe cranberry and drying talcy tannins.
For wine nerds like me: A warm, dry winter and hot spring brought on another early vintage. Rain came in late January and average summer temperatures followed. From the Mawson Rd and Quarry Block vineyards in Lenswood. Hand-picked on 20 February and 1 March, wild fermented in open fermenter with 17% whole bunch and 12% long maceration. Matured for 11 months in French oak." Michael Hall.