STRATHBOGIE RANGES – VIC
Singers Lane bows to Cindy – the half of Costanzo & Sons whose lung capacity and ability to challenge any of the singing birds around will make you fight to get her on your team at karaoke!
Singers Lane is not a ‘second label’ for Costanzo & Sons. Rather, it is an alternative expression of Joe and Cindy’s beautiful vineyard in the forests of the Strathbogie Ranges. Currently of the great 2017 vintage, this Pinot presents a good, bright red colour. The aromas are vibrant, a mix of red cherries, cranberries and lingonberries, without any hint of sugar coating so often present in ‘affordable’ Pinot Noirs.
The aromas are followed through onto the palate: raspberries, cherries, lingonberries, and then a touch of earthy forest floor. More than anything, its lively with a touch of fresh funk. This is not a pretty young thing: it’s a lively, perfumed and well balanced, structured Pinot Noir. Don’t be afraid of its light tannin structure, you’ll appreciate it at the dinner table!
The organically grown fruit (20+ year old vines of MV6 & D5V12 clones) was harvested by hand by Joe, Cindy and their family. Current vintage was outstanding for their vineyard.
The winemaker was Ray Nadeson (Lethbridge Wines). The grapes were de-stemmed and allowed fermentation with indigenous yeasts in open vats. 25% was pressed straight into new French Oak from Tonnellerie Bossuet, and the balance into stainless steel for a six month maturation. After a light fining with bentonite (a natural, clay based fining agent), the wine was bottled unfiltered, and finished with a modest amount of sulphur (70 ppm), just to keep it in good shape under transport and storage.
This wine is vegan friendly.