Medium red colour, with a purple tinge. Spicy and savoury leathery bouquet showing some development. Some oak influence in the leather. It's soft and full, not rich but with a fruit-sweet core balanced by substantial acidity, and an elegant, long palate endowed with fine, soft tannins. Very attractive drinking wine, full of charm. Drink 2013-2019.
93, Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com, November 2013
A tough vintage it may have been but that only makes the successful wines shine brighter. There’s a lot to like about the 2011 McCutcheon Vineyard Pinot Noir – which is happy news for all of us as no Judd Vineyard Pinot was produced. Some true gravitas on show. Sap, spice and forest notes accompany raspberries, roses and dark cherries with tart plum skins adding a further dimension of interest. The acidity is brisk yet invigorating and the tannins are snappy but ripe. A layer of high-grade oak frames the wine. Extremely savoury, slightly saline and with good depth and penetration. An impressive result considering the challenges faced.
92, Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, November 2013
Light red-purple; while light-bodied, the wine has more structure and complexity than the Estate, with pleasing spicy/savoury elements to the red fruits, made in identical fashion, so this is terroir speaking. Drink by: 2017.
92, James Halliday, 2014 Australian Wine Companion, July 2013