The Kroon Vineyard, with its ferricrete soil, is the highest vineyard on Iona. The wine offers an array of seductive black fruits that include berries, cherries and ripe summer plums. The palate of the 2021 Kroon Pinot Noir is gentle yet generous with pure succulent fruit, bright acidity, charming velvety fine grained tannins resulting in a wine that is nuanced, textured and perfectly balanced with a long savoury finish.
Grapes were hand harvested into small crates and spent overnight in a cold room. Extensive bunch sorting by hand prior to destemming occured. Bunches are destemmed without crushing. Grapes cold soaked for 5-7 days prior to the start of fermentation. Fermentation occurs naturally in open top fermenters. During the fermentation, the skin cap was punched through gently by hand twice a day and fermentation temperature peaked at 28°C. The wines were transferred to 500L and 300L French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place (20% new wood, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill). Maturation in oak was for 12 months, on the lees for the full period. After aging for 12 months in barrel, the wines were racked and blended in stainless steel tank. The wines were clarified naturally for a period of 2 months before bottling.
The 2020 season started with a cold June month, with average rainfall. This was followed by a cold and wet winter. Sunny weather during spring and good winter dormancy lead to very even bud break. This was followed by sunny and dry conditions, but strong winds during flowering led to long and uneven flowering. The consequences of uneven flowering were reduced crop levels and reduced berry size. December and January were characterised by cool growing conditions, with January being especially cool. The dry, cool conditions in the beginning of the season, resulted in concentrated fruit, with intense flavour, while late rains, nourished the vineyards and this allowed us to pick fruit at optimal ripeness, with low alcohol levels and pH’s and balanced acidities.