A complex and more brooding, deep and dark-fruited style, this sturdy single-vineyard pinot offers dark cherry and plum, earthy, sweet complexity and foresty nuances too. The palate is draped in dark cherry fruits and offers plenty of concentrated flavour amid dark spice, chocolate and strapping, sturdy and ripe tannins.
94, Nick Stock, 2013 Good Wine Guide, November 2012
Light in colour. Slightly murky. Intensely fragrant and then intensely focussed in the mouth. Tannin and spicy, tangy fruit. Remains tangy and acidic for the most part, but then pulls off a crescendo of flavour as it closes. Pinot profile par excellence. Will be fascinating to see this wine develop. Drink: 2014-2019+.
94+, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, September 2012
Rather light to medium brick-red to orange colour. Very earthy, leather, forward developed bouquet with an absence of primary fruit. Liberal whole-bunch suspected. Very dry, savoury palate flavours, lean and firm in tannins, a highly structured pinot which is big on foresty, stalky secondary characters and light on primary fruit. Nice, though. Interested to see how this ages. Drink 2012-2018.
92, Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.con, August 2012
Obviously enough, single vineyard, fermented for 20 days with indigenous yeasts, then aged for 14 months in new and used French oak barriques. The bouquet is highly fragrant, with a mix of red and black fruits running through a beautifully silky palate, operating at a very different level to the Estate. Drink by: 2018.
96, James Halliday, 2013 Australian Wine Companion, July 2012