A wine of proud elegance here - ripe scents of cherry, mocha, light dried herbs, musk - a grand perfume for a wine that carries flavour very long in a trim, toned, honed medium-bodied flow of broody dark fruit and spice. Sultry smooth and very fine.
94 :: Mike Bennie :: Wine Business Monthly :: 1/08/2014
Limited run. Single vineyard. From the “highest and steepest” vineyard in the Ten Minutes by Tractor fold. Ultra fine-boned and ultra quality. Terrific pinot noir. As lively as it is lengthy. Notes of meat, spice, strawberry and frisky cherry, but ultimately seamless. Presents as a united front. Slatey, chalky, spicy – dry – tannin leads it through the finish. Top notch. Drink : 2015-2022+.
95 :: Campbell Mattinson :: Winefront :: 19/07/2014
Hand-picked, wild yeast-fermented for 20 days maceration on skins, then 14 months maturation in new and used French barriques. Deeper, more purple than the Estate Pinot, there is a greater depth to the plum and cherry fruit, the supple tannins and oak providing seductive mouthfeel. Drink to 2022.
95 :: James Halliday :: 2015 Australian Wine Companion :: 1/07/2014
Each of these single vineyard wines offers such a different proposition. Maybe that alone explains a lot of our modern preoccupation with the concept of terroir. The Judd Vineyard yields a tannic wine of profound gravitas in 2012. Savoury, entwined, earthen and sappy. It’s difficult to tease apart individual components here, the wine refusing to yield to such simple representational techniques. It is twiggy and slightly smoky with the acid more embedded in the flavours than the McCutcheon. A touch less spice, hints of mushroom, tobacco, rhubarb and beetroot. Each attempt at a descriptor only seems to highlight the elusive nature of an utterly compelling Pinot Noir.
95 :: Jeremy Pringle :: January 2014 :: www.winewilleatitself.com