From our third ever Pinot Noir release. Full of new confidence and the naivety of youth.
As we read back over the notes from 2012 you can feel the blind optimism of a young winemaker full of Pinot Noir hopes and dreams. Before any accolades and before events like Pinot Palooza would put Vinteloper in the Pinot spotlight, the 2011 and 2012 seasons is where the foundations were poured.
After almost a decade in the bottle, we're ready for you to see that awkward photo of us when we were a teenager.
Notes from the time express that 2012 "will long be remembered as generally being one of the greats" which isn't a complete exaggeration. There is no crystal ball of course, but at the time we had no clue how great 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2021 would be. This was the beginning of a dream run.
The 2012 growing season did feature generous Winter rainfall at Norton Summit, followed by a slightly warmer than average Spring, accelerating flowering, however gentle and mild ripening conditions for the Adelaide Hills.