Bouquet of maraschino cherries, plums, cranberries and cedar. A core of dark cherry, cloves and wild herbs are supported by bright fruit and French oak that complement a rich soft palate with finely integrated fruit tannins.
Temperature controlled fermentation using only natural yeasts, combined with hand plunging to optimize the fruit and tannin balance. Following extended postferment maceration on skins the wine was drained and pressed to barrel. Rigorous barrel selection and blending is followed by minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling.
100% French oak aged for 11 months with a mixture of selected cooperages of which 30% of the barrels are new.
The Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs represent the different personalities of our winemaking team in both vineyard and winery. Left Handed winemaker Braden Crosby (logical, creative and precise) and right handed Vigneron Paddy Borthwick (intuitive, impulsive and thoughtful), have each selected a premium parcel of grapes they believe to be the finest expression of the Borthwick Estate Vineyard. Appling their own individual winemaking nuances, with much tasting, lively debate and careful barrel selection Braden and Paddy have produced two distinct wines of 840 bottles each. Produced in only the best seasons, these wines display expressions of Pinot Noir as much as the winemakers themselves.