98 Points & Pinot of the Year James Halliday
98 Points Jeremy Oliver
Bass Phillip’s flagship wine: a wine with strong personality in aroma and complex flavor. Layered, textured and long. Improves in the cellar for more than ten years.
Original Estate vineyard; 8,500 vines/HA; specific plot cropping at approx. one tonne/acre. Distinctive spice and layered flavours. Long and supple texture: fine but powerful. Improves over a fifteen year period. Packaging: 3-packs or 6-packs.
Second highest rated pinot noir in Australia after the Bass Phillip Reserve; “Outstanding category”, Langtons Classification, 2005, 2010 & 2015. James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) has rated the 2010 & 2012 at 98 points. This vintage is the most complete version of Premium ever!
The 2014 vintage has delivered an essential purity, depth of colour and overall balance: 2014 is one of our five best vintages ever. The best examples are multi-layered and with long, more emphatic tannins and a firm, long acidity. These are great wines from Bass Phillip, and they are all capable of long-term cellaring. All the reds need one to two hours breathing after pulling the cork.
Very complete with intense dark fruits, acid backbone and complex, long & lingering flavours of many kinds: ripe but tight; fully tannic but balanced. Supple, chewy fruits: textured to the end with furry tannins wrapped in sweet fruit. Possibly the best ever. Will improve for fifteen years!
“Tight perfume of red cherry, red berry, spice, earth. Just juicy in the palate with fine, slender coils of tannin that twist then tighten through finish. Incredible structure and power, yet freshness and vibrancy. A wine to suck on and chew, then admire the cadence of fruit. Beautiful.” – 96 Points Mike Bennie
“Pinot noir with flavour and attitude and a scaffold of tannin is one thing, and this wine has all those things. But pinot noir with a ricochet of flavour through the finish, a sense of spread and run, an impression that the burst/explosion turned out to be greater than the package of the palate had predicted; this is far rarer territory, and it is the domain of this wine.” – 98 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
“Quite remarkable, steeped in fruit and character and, if anything, a step up in sophistication for this famous label. It’s deeply perfumed and aromatic, with a spicy, floral and voluminous bouquet of astonishing complexity. Its fiery varietal aromas are entwined with exotic scents of five spice, creamy and earthy aspects plus an emerging meatiness. Medium to full-bodied, it’s so much finer and more savoury than previous vintages, with a profoundly concentrated presence of translucently clear fruit extending with cedary oak down a pliant, supple spine of drying fine tannins, culminating in a lingering core of briary fruit and leathery, smoky character.” – 98 Points Jeremy Oliver
Drink to 2025
Critics’ Rating : 98 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday / 98 Points Jeremy Oliver / 97 Points Huon Hooke / 96 Points Mike Bennie