97/100 – James Halliday
96/100 – James Suckling
92/100 – Huon Hooke
Vintage Note: A very cool start to the season was punctuated by a few solid rain events in December that led to healthy dark green canopies. The final stage of the growing season was warmer than average which led to accelerated ripening, and dark colours. Natural acidity across both the clones in the top Pinot blocks was surprisingly high. Fruit was hand sorted in both vineyard and winery. The 19 vintage in southern Tasmania has produced dark brooding textured Pinot Noirs.
Winemaking Notes: Hand picked, straight into a refrigerated container parked on the vineyard. The fruit is then immediately sailed across Bass Strait and we receive it into the winery the following morning. We destem the D clone and cold soak for 3 – 4 days, then allow it to warm to kick start fermentation (Indigenous yeast) in a small open oak vat. The MV6 from the top of the hill was fermented as whole bunches. Both parcels were matured in French oak – 25% new, 75% older – for 8 months in 225L barriques. Racked to blend, no fining, no filtration. Bottled by gravity.
Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Coal River Valley, Tasmania, Australia
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