Fruits and spice appear immediately. The generous palate has breadth and expanse, yet shows poise from seams of graphite minerality. There are complexities galore with game meats and savoury spice interacting with brooding fruits and violet nuisances. The palate is long and persistent yet light on its feet, bringing you back for more. A fine example of cool climate Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir. Drink up.
A long cool growing season in the Macedon Ranges. A settled flowering led to good crop levels. Careful canopy management and crop thinning were required. A late summer with warm days and cool nights allowed fruit to reach is full flavour ripeness, with fine grown tannins.
Hand harvested fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily hand plunging to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine was pressed then racked into new (28%) and used French Hogs Heads, where it rested and grew. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in February 2018.
Some handy restraint of fruit on the nose. Subtly spicy, earthy and predominantly floral aromas here. The palate unleashes energetic, tangy flavors of red cherries with a thread of meaty, spicy oak. Tannins and acid intertwine to tighten the finish neatly. Drink or hold.