2008 Judd Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Mornington Peninsula
Vineyard Designation
Judd Vineyard
Harvest Date
20 March 2008
Sugar At Harvest
24.3° (13.5° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.7 g/l
pH (finished)
15 months in 33% new French oak barriques
100% wild yeast
Bottling Date
28 July 2009
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.32 g/l)
Alcohol %

2008 Judd Pinot Noir

From our Judd Vineyard. Elegant and sumptuous with characteristic earthy, spicy, red fruit/berries, dusty and savoury; it is a buxom wine, round and intense, powerful yet delicate.

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"Judd Vineyard is the winery’s ‘oldest, highest and steepest’ vineyard. It’s wild yeast fermented and left on its skins for 18 days. It spends 15 months in French oak barriques. It’s light and pretty but it has excellent complexity of flavour and fantastic length. It’s a style of pinot noir entirely worth supporting/celebrating. It tastes of strawberries and dried herbs, twigs and fresh, sour-sweet cherries. Maybe cranberry is a better description. There’s fruit/oak/stalk spice too. The flavour lingers wonderfully. And there’s enough tannin to keep it firm. It should age very gracefully. Drink 2013-17. 94 points."  Campbell Mattinson

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Production Notes
Hand picked 20 March 2008. Clone 115 from the Creek Block on Judd Vineyard. Yield 6.5 tonnes/ha (2.6 t/acre, ~39.0hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
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.
Food Pairing Notes
Honey baked ham. Serve at 14–17°C.
144 dozen
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