2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
94 Points & Special Value Wine Steve Creber for James Halliday’s Wine Companion
The Estate Vineyard is at Dixons Creek. The average vine age is 27 years. MV6, 667 and 777 Clones. 2017 was a late season, lots of perfume and charm, small crops and good fruit concentration.
Fruit was hand harvested and hand sorted. A combination of whole berry and whole bunch (~15%) is tipped into open fermenters. Then 15-18 days of maceration and fermentation with wild yeast. The wine is then pressed, settled overnight and filled to barrel by gravity. Allowed to mature for 9 months at 16°C in 225L French casks.
“Fruit from estate vineyards, 15% whole bunch, 9 months in oak, 30% new. Plenty of ‘pinot’ packed into this offering. Crystal clear varietal expression moves from fragrant cherry through sweet spice to sappy, slightly stemmy whole bunch character, with the texture and palate weight pitch perfect. Lively tannin sustains the finish with length and freshness.” – 94 Points & Special Value Wine Steve Creber for James Halliday’s Wine Companion