by From Sunday Winemakers
The From Sunday Winemakers - Sam Bowman, Dave Kynaston and James Becker - have been at it again!!!
In 2017, James harvested some Pinot Meunier from Tumbarumba, NSW. The fruit was primarily sought after for the production of a Pét-Nat which proved to be a huge success under his own label; M&J Becker Wines.
Only a small parcel of less than a tonne remained, basically "bugger all". It was here that the gang decided to try their hand at producing a still red from the noble grape variety.
Something of substance, of place and of immense drinkability...
2017 'Bugger All' Pinot Meunier
85% Pinot Meunier 10% Syrah 5% Chardonnay
900 bottles produced
Elevated at 645m on the deep red, volcanic basalt soils of Tumbarumba, NSW. Pinot Meunier is handpicked and destemmed, whilst 50% remained as whole bunches, the fruit was foot-stomped in a one tonne open top fermenter to commence wild primary fermentation.
Here, the juice spends 18 days on skins with a gentle phenolic extraction seeing punch downs occur twice daily. It is then basket pressed to 3 neutral French barriques to complete full wild malolactic fermentation without the addition of bacteria, enzymes or adjustments.
The resulting wine is left to mature on lees for 9 months in neutral French barrique until it is racked and blended to bottle.
Unfined, unfiltered and bottled with a total of 70ppm SO2.