Tortoise Creek Wines
2011 Pinot Noir “Les Oliviers”
“Les Oliviers” refers to the olive trees that surround the vineyards that produce our Pinot Noir.
The village of Limoux is located about 35 miles west of the medieval town of Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the south west of France. The cooler climate, with sunny days and low overnight temperatures along with the chalky soils, make it an ideal location to grow quality Pinot Noir.
A small portion of our Pinot Noir crop is harvested quite early and fermented at low temperatures to enhance fruity aromas. The remaining grapes are picked at their optimal sugar and ripeness in order to obtain a full-bodied and complex wine loaded with fruit. The grapes were destemmed and then crushed and fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks for between three to four weeks. We age about 30% of the wine in new French oak barrels for 3 to 4 months.
Tasting Notes + Food Paring
Our Pinot Noir “Les Oliviers” is less “jammy” than its Californian cousins. It is more Burgundian and delicate. It has lovely aromas of violets and shows ripe cherry and raspberry characteristics on the palate. This is a gorgeous food wine and works well with roast meats, tuna and cheeses.