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Rollo Crittenden

Mornington Peninsula
Pinot Noir

As a second generation winemaker, Rollo has been privileged to study and work in many of the world’s most acclaimed wineries and wine regions throughout his formative years. After completing vintages in California, Oregon, Italy and the Hunter Valley he commenced full time work with Dromana Estate on the Mornington Peninsula and in 2003 had gained the position of head winemaker.

During his time at Dromana Estate Rollo achieved many accolades for the wines he produced, as well as having the honour of judging at several Australian wine shows. In 2007, at the age of 30, Rollo returned to the family business (Crittenden Estate) to a now mature vineyard that he helped plant as a child some 25 years earlier. In his role as winemaker, Rollo is producing classic French and Italian varieties from around Victoria under the Crittenden Estate and Pinocchio labels.

More recently, Rollo has embarked on a project to create Spanish style wines under the Los Hermanos label – some of which helped him acclaim the honour of being named the 2010 Australian ‘Young Gun’ Winemaker of the year.

Brian Fletcher

Crittenden Estate 2016 Peninsula Pinot Noir


 
VINTAGE

2016 was a rare but welcome season with the desirable combination of both quality and quantity across most Victorian wine regions. Perfect flowering conditions in late spring helped cement a bountiful yield which was followed by a warm dry summer with virtually no disease pressure. So productive were many of our affiliated vineyards that judicious green fruit thinning was often required to ensure the retention of concentrated flavors in the finished wines.

VINEYARD

Just over half of the fruit component was grown on an ideal north facing slope in the Balnaring area of the Mornington Peninsula with the balance being sourced from a small westerly facing vineyard in the Main Ridge subregion. VSP trellising is standard across the 2 sites as well as the utilisation of sustainable farming techniques, which we – the Crittenden Family – firmly subscribe to.

WINEMAKING

The grapes were hand harvested and immediately destemmed to small open fermenters without crushing. The must (juice, pulp, skins and seeds) were statically cooled to around 9 degrees Celsius and a protective CO2 layer was maintained to enable a “cold soak” for four or five days prior to the commencement of the ferment. Each individual fermenter was allowed to gradually warm to ambient temperature, where the natural (wild yeast) ferment could commence. The ferment temperature was allowed to reach 32 degrees Celsius and the wine was pressed off skins at dryness to a mixture of new and one and two year old French oak barrels. The malolactic ferment occurred naturally and was complete by mid winter.

ALCOHOL: 13.2%
MALOLACTIC: 100%
pH: /TA 3.47 / 6.62 gms per litre
OAK HANDLING: 8 Months in premium French Barriques & Puncheons (10% new)

TASTING NOTE

This wine walks the middle ground between being fruit driven and more complex and structured. Each of the contributing clones bring a unique character to the wine. Ideal ripening conditions and minimal yields have also contributed a level of complexity and a bright ruby red colour, which further enhance the length and ageability of the wine. The texture is rich and structured with soft tannins and a good acid finish.

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Peninsula by Rollo Crittenden

In many ways, the introduction of the Peninsula range marks a new chapter in the Crittenden Family’s 30 years of winemaking. As the name suggests, fruit has been sourced from independent Mornington Peninsula grape growers with whom we have a great respect and long standing relationship.

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$35.00
/ $420 - 12pk
SKU: RED004
 

 


Crittenden Estate 2016 Peninsula Chardonnay


 
Rosabrook Single Vineyard Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE

2016 was a rare but welcome season with the desirable combination of both quality and quantity across most Victorian wine regions. Perfect flowering conditions in late spring helped cement a bountiful yield which was followed by a warm dry summer with virtually no disease pressure. So productive were many of our affiliated vineyards that judicious green fruit thinning was often required to ensure the retention of concentrated flavors in the finished wines.

VINEYARD

This tiny parcel of fruit was harvested from a 20yr old vineyard in one of the Mornington Peninsula’s coolest sub regions, Main Ridge.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed to a mixture of new, one and two year old French oak barriques (225 litre barrels) and puncheons (500 litre barrels). Approximately half of the barrels were allowed to ferment spontaneously using natural yeast and the balance were inoculated with a range of cultured yeasts. Some temperature control was exerted over the barrel ferments to ensure the retention of clean fruit characters. The wine was stored, subject to a topping regime, in the same barrels for 10 months, where the lees were stirred back into the wine at regular intervals to add to the complexity and richness. Approximately 20% of the wine was allowed to undergo a malolactic conversion. In Novemebr 2016 the wine was assembled in tank where it was prepared for bottling.

ALCOHOL: 13.3%
MALOLACTIC: 20%
pH: /TA 3.37 / 6.67 gms per litre
OAK HANDLING: 10 Months in French Barriques & Puncheons (10% new)

TASTING NOTE

Chardonnay is a variety which invites many complex activities, as you can see by the winemaking notes above. Each of the things we do, such as barrel ferment, stirring on lees, etc. produces a richer and more complex wine. This wine has a restrained fragrance of figs and ripe melons combining beautifully with a delicious mouthfilling savouriness and acidity that comes from truly cool climate grapes.

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Crittenden Estate 2016 Peninsula Chardonnay

Perfect flowering conditions in late spring helped cement a bountiful yield which was followed by a warm dry summer with virtually no disease pressure.

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$35.00
/ $420 - 12pk
SKU: WHT019