Commune of Buttons Basket Town Pinot Noir 2022
This year’s Basket Town Pinot Noir is from four parcels in the Piccadilly Valley; The Cemetery Block in Uraidla, Ridge Road Vineyard in Ashton, Deanery Vineyard in Piccadilly and the Commune of Buttons home vineyard in Basket Range. The parcels were co-fermented with 10% whole bunches, followed by eight months on full lees in a mix of puncheons and barriques. After blending, the wine rested in tank for two months before bottling. COB
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - Australia
Region - South Australia
Sub Region - Adelaide Hills
Extra - Cork
Year - 2022
Volume - 750ml
The Buttons family vineyard, planted in the early in 1990s, sits in the idyllic, tree-filled Basket Range region of the Adelaide Hills. It’s here, in the epicentre of Australia’s lo-fi wine movement, that siblings Sophie and Jasper have progressed their mother’s early work to create a label that strives for transparency and unpretentiousness. The resulting wines are vibrant and delicious and speak of site above all else.
Returning home from intrepid travels in 2013, Jasper, after meeting (and subsequently working with) Anton van Klopper of Lucy M fame, recognised his vineyard’s latent potential and aligned himself with a hands-off winemaking philosophy. He, along with his sister Sophie, decided to transition to organic farming practices and today the pair shape some of Australia’s most engaging wines.
The focus is mainly on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both of which make up most of the family’s plantings, with Nebbiolo now also in the mix. In the winery, a varying percentage of whole bunches are employed (depending on the vintage) and gentle macerations are championed to preserve clarity. Low levels of sulphur are used to stabilise the wines, which are aged in seasoned barriques and stainless steel. Bottling occurs by hand at the source. IMBIBO