96 Points & Trophy for Best Pinot of Show
2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
94+ Points Gary Walsh, Winefront
Bay of Fires Winery philosophy on Pinot Noir production is to preserve to bottle the essential characteristics of the vineyard fruit and create the highest quality blend from subregional Tasmania. Gentle handling of the fruit and wine help to achieve this, while restrained winemaking assists in developing the complexity of the final blend. Several of the vineyards sourced Pinot Noir from were planted at carefully selected sites. These are now developing in maturity, which translates to better balance and depth of flavour in the wine.
The 2017 Bay of Fires Pinot Noir exemplifies this development showing richness and elegance that is so desirable from cool climate Tasmania.
The perfume of this wine is very complex. Sweet ripe strawberry fruit feature with Chinese spice from MV6 clone vineyards and whole bunch influence – star anise, cinnamon plum blossom. Although elegant and supple, the wine shows remarkable power, intensity and length on the palate. Framed by ripe, moderate tannin the graceful sweet strawberry fruit is complemented but not dominated by spice.
“It’s a Pinot Noir of depth and earthiness, laden with spice and dark cherry flavour. Graphite tannin is firmly bedded down in its core, pleasing autumnal flavour, good flavour and expansion through the mouth, and the finish is not left wanting. A little amaro bitterness tunes up the aftertaste. Much to enjoy here.” – 94+ Points Gary Walsh, Winefront