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