From our Judd Vineyard. Typically elegant and sumptuous with characteristic earthy, spicy, red fruit/berries, dusty and savoury; it is a buxom wine, round and intense, powerful yet delicate.
"Gee-whiz, this is good. Multi-faceted and luscious at once. Peppered and generally spicy, clovey, set with deep black cherried fruit, a little smoky, a little meaty. It’s bright and brooding at once; it’s complex but firm. There’s some sweetness to the oak and some bitterness to the aftertaste, both of which are entirely positive. Seriously impressive wine." 96/100 Campbell Mattinson
The Judd Pinot Noir is a wine of contrasts, with two quite different strands to its personality. On the one side this has a light and lifted fragrance, a cool edge of white pepper, redcurrant and more. Underneath, there is also hints of bacon, meat and even plums, the finish expansive and heartier than expected, even if it’s still more medium bodied than truly full. This multi-faceted wine has both light and shade, needing only time to bring the personality traits together.
Andrew Graham [February 2017, commissioned by TMBT]
Hand picked 24 March. Clone 115 (100%) from Creek Block (100%) on our Judd vineyard. Yield 1.96 tonnes/ha (0.8 t/acre, ~11.8hl/ha)
• 100% destemmed
• 5 day pre-ferment maceration
• 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging
• short post-ferment maceration, total 20 days on skins
• following pressing and short settling period the wine was transferred to 20% new French oak barriques
• bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 15 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
The wafts of meatiness and the passing suggestion of herbs make this the perfect foil for game, and the more elegant gaminess of a roast rabbit with pesto would fit well. Serve at 14–17°C.