The nose is deeply spiced but dominated by heady, ripe cherries and plum flesh. This really is a piercing, expressive aroma, quite in-your-face and seductive. People sometimes talk about Pinot styles in terms of gender, and this is decidedly female, it communicates a sense of voluptuousness and sensuality, rather than Wallis's intensity or McCutcheon's intellect. What's striking about this wine in the mouth is the way it manipulates its sense of scale, growing beyond expectation and providing a seemingly endless supply of sweet fruit onto the tongue. Nothing happens for a moment on entry, then suddenly a wave of flavour appears, along with a buxom mouthfeel that acts to push the palate wider and make room for more fruit. Fruit character is very pretty, with a maraschino cherry edge and a fresh, crisp dimension that holds the sweetness in check. There's oak too, very much in a supporting role and well matched in terms of flavour. What is wonderful, though, is the way this feels in the mouth. It's large-scale, yes, but also light and relaxed, helping the impressive intensity of flavour to express itself with sensual elegance. Acid is a highlight, being both present and natural-feeling, meshing well with the otherwise slippery mouthfeel. The finish here is also fabulous, with a wave of fruit that rides right to the end of the impressive length. People love Pinot for many reasons, some for its difficulty, some for its transparency. Some, though, love it for its seductive perfume and, let's face it, sex appeal; we suspect this a wine for them.
100% destemmed. Macerated for 5 days before beginning a 100% wild yeast fermentation. The
wine was then pressed (total 19 days on skins) before being transferred to 33% new and 67% old
French oak barriques. 100% MLF in barrique, and after 15 months of oak maturation, the wine
was bottled lightly egg white fined and unfiltered.