2007 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Mornington Peninsula
Vineyard Designation
McCutcheon Vineyard
Harvest Date
19-20 March 2007
Sugar At Harvest
23.0-24.4° (12.8-13.6° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.5 g/l
pH (finished)
16 months in 33% new French oak barriques
100% wild yeast
Bottling Date
9 July 2008
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.31 g/l)
Alcohol %

2007 McCutcheon Pinot Noir

Elegant with characteristic earthy, spicy, red fruit and berries, undergrowth and autumnal leaves; it is a controlled wine, poised and restrained.

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"Lovely, complex fragrance and lift here; the oak is making a bigger statement than the regular 10X pinot and the fruit has the frame to carry it. Bright, spicy fragrance, plenty of mixed berry and cherry fruits and a musky, ethereal perfume. The palate has a fine and even shape, really hearty in an elegantly structured package; the detail is legible and tannins twirl smoothly from front to back. Excellent pinot with distinctive, complex character. 96."  Nick Stock

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep garnet red. A quite dark and brooding bouquet of dark cherries with a core of lively blue fruit, spiced up with some attractive, high-quality oak. The palate offers a spicy range of saturated darker fruits, with a lively, fine and focused backbone of acidity; this leads to an engaging ‘peacocks tail’ of flavour as the back of the palate reveals the full almost, exotic personality of the fruit on offer.
Production Notes
Hand picked 19-20 March 2007. Clones MV6 (56%) from Ridge Block and G5V15 (27%), D2V5 (18%) =from Lake Block on McCutcheon Vineyard. Yield 2.6 tonnes/ha (1.1 t/acre, ~15.6hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
100% destemmed. Macerated for 5 days before beginning a 100% wild yeast fermentation. The wine was then pressed (total 21 days on skins) before being transferred to 33% new and 67% old French oak barriques. 100% MLF in barrique, and after 16 months of oak maturation, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Food Pairing Notes
A complex wine best accompanied by a beautiful organic chicken, simply roasted. Serve at 14–17°C.
366 dozen
Vintage Notes

A dry winter was followed by a cool spring and early budburst. Some vineyards were hit by frost and hail reducing potential crop load. Poor fruit set was reported throughout the region. Summer was warm with intermittent rainfall in December and January. A low yield with small concentrated berries.

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