Named in honour of the natural spring located on the estate that is the origin of the River Torrens which flows through the heart of Adelaide.
Whole bunches from our most distinctive Pinot Noir were hand-selected and picked in the cool of the early morning then destemmed without crushing the fruit. 30% of this was whole cluster fermented, whilst the remaining fruit was crushed and went through traditional open fermentation and 30 day extended skin contact. It was then racked into 50% new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. The wine was then bottled directly thereafter without fining and with minimal filtration to capture the purity of taste and texture of our Pinot Noir.
Light in body and colour, this moderate-climate Pinot is dry and savoury, with mouth-watering flavours of rhubarb, raspberry and blackcurrant, and influences of leather, tobacco leaf and violets. A wonderful and very well-priced Pinot.
Elysian Springs is a 200-acre estate located in the pristine northern end of the Adelaide Hills district, bordering the Eden Valley. It is the birthplace of the River Torrens, the fresh water tributary key to the establishment of the capital of South Australia, the city of Adelaide.
The vineyards were established by the Seppelt family in 1980 with the planting of Syrah (note the French terminology for Shiraz), Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, thereby becoming one of the first vineyards planted to the latter Burgundian varietals in South Australia. When the Seppelt business was sold in the 1990s, the Elysian Springs vineyards were recognised as being some of the most premium sites held by the company, contributing fruit to some of Australia's most iconic red and white wines.
Now under the stewardship of Brad Rey and Glen Wandless, the new custodians practice sustainable viticulture along with biodynamic and organic techniques to produce wines with a true sense of place. The philosophy includes composting everything (including the estate's sheep manure), the planting of cover crops, integrated pest management (including the planting of beehives) and vine balance practices that ensure sustainability of the vineyard ecosystem.