“Of all the winners at James Halliday’s Wine Companion awards, Shaun Crinion is the most unlikely. Winner of the Best New Winery category with his label Dappled, Shaun is a stay-at-home dad and part-time winemaker. Pretty much everything I do, I do myself – I hand bottle everything, I hand label everything.”
The winemaking details: “The 2016 ‘Appellation’ Pinot is sourced solely from the upper Yarra valley. The fruit sourced for this wine was from mid-80s plantings of MV6 (50%) and early to mid-90s plantings of 114 (20%) and 115 (30%). The fruit was handpicked into 250-kg bins to minimise bruising. The fruit was cooled to 10°C overnight before being sorted. 70% of the fruit was de-stemmed but not crushed, and the rest was left as whole bunches. The fruit was cold soaked for 5 days before being fermented in 1-tonne fermenters, employing only wild yeast and with no additions. The ferments were gently foot stomped daily for 1 week and then plunged twice a day, with 3 weeks total time on skins. The wine was pressed straight to oak with all solids. Oak was a mixture of puncheons and barriques, with 15% being new. The wine spent 10 months in oak with a natural MLF occurring in spring, after which SO2 was added. The barrels were then racked off lees straight to the bottling tank. The wine was then hand bottled via gravity.”

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