2011 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
19 April 2011
Sugar At Harvest
22.6° (12.6° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.8 g/l
pH (finished)
15 months in 22% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
30 August 2012
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.31 g/l)
Alcohol %

2011 McCutcheon Pinot Noir

From our McCutcheon Vineyard. Typically elegant with characteristic earthy, spicy, red fruit and berries, undergrowth and autumnal leaves; it is a controlled wine, poised and restrained.

"Light red-purple; while light-bodied, the wine has more structure and complexity than the Estate, with pleasing spicy/savoury elements to the red fruits, made in identical fashion, so this is terroir speaking."   
92, James Halliday


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Previous vintages of this wine - 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
In some ways, the idea of a single vineyard wine is more exciting when vintage conditions are extraordinary. Grown amidst the cool and rain of 2011, this wine tastes of the year the drought broke, and is an enticingly direct expression of the conditions from which it emerged. The aroma is uncompromising, with dense, angular brown spice and snapped twig dominating. Swirl it for a moment, though, and a whole spectrum of aromas begins to emerge, with fresh sap and red fruits at its core. Spiced oak brings up the rear of what is a multilayered aroma profile, one that requires the drinker to contemplate its pleasures rather than placing them on full display, a labyrinth rather than a tableau. This wine seems determined to draw you in and make you work, if only just a little. The palate offers temporary respite from the nose’s serious brooding, with a bright burst of red fruit on entry. This quickly folds into a complex flavour profile that finds its full expression on the middle palate, where fruit, sap, forest floor and spice collide and become one. Flavours are serious, but the wine’s expression of them is light and delicate, enlivening adult flavours with good humour and brisk movement. The wine sings with freshness and light through its after palate, before a bright, acid-driven finish brings the wine to a close. As befits a single vineyard bottling, impressions are of transparency and directness. Wait a couple of years before drinking. Julian Coldrey [January 2013, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 19 April 2011. Clone MV6 from the McCutcheon [Ridge Block North] vineyard. Yield 3.9 tonnes/ha (1.6 t/acre, ~23.4hl/ha)
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was hand harvested in the 3rd week of April and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 5 day pre-ferment maceration preceded a 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 20 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to both new (22%) and old French oak barriques. Undergoing a natural 100% MLF with the onset of warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was then bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 15 months of oak maturation.
Food Pairing Notes
Drink with a fillet of the freshest ocean trout you can source. Serve at 14–17°C.
140 dozen
Vintage Notes

After a decade of warm and dry conditions the 2011 vintage broke the drought with over
600 mm of rain during the growing season versus an average of 350mm, the cool and wet
conditions resulted in our latest harvest on record (16 April v 2 April average). Yields
were reduced but those grapes that were picked were of good quality – great natural
acidity and lovely flavours in our Chardonnay with the Pinot Noir benefitting from the
long cool ripening (our longest veraison interval, 68 days v 57 day average).

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