98 Points James Halliday
Made at Giaconda
The clone for this wine is MV6 on own roots. This fruit was hand harvested from the “Reserve” section of the Pinot Noir block. Yields are restricted to 1 to 1.5 tonnes per acre. Aged in French oak barriques for 12 months.
“I believe this was made at Giaconda. It was of course grown on the Toolangi vineyard in the Yarra Valley – indeed, on a block of MV6 pinot noir planted in 1998. Only 150 dozen produced. Classy from the outset. Smart oak, nutty, matched to deep cherry-plum fruit. It draws you in; it ramps the anticipation, and then it delivers. Tang, herbs, smoky reduction, pure foresty fruit and ever-so-velvety mouthfeel. Seductive at every turn. You could convert the unsaved with this; it could sway the unbelievers over to pinot noir itself.” – 95 Points Campbell Mattinson
“The Toolangi Pinots are all MV6 clone and matured in French oak, this with one-third each whole berry, whole bunch and crushed/destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 18 months with 30% new oak. This takes a millisecond to imprint the bouquet and palate with its sheer intensity, complexity and length. Its siblings are very, very good (and very different), but this is in a league of its own. Spices and savoury, foresty notes are all important, but don’t imperil the fruit. A glorious salute to the vintage, and the very best grapes from the estate.” – 98 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday