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.
"A backward, brooding, reserved pinot noir. A muscular one too. This is all stewy, savoury and spicy, a whisper of smoky oak used as a gentle, finishing touch. It’s like looking over a valley all covered in mist; it’s deep and impressive, you just know it is, but it’s not in a mood to really show itself. You can see this developing slowly, and well." 94/100 Campbell Mattinson
The only challenge with this McCutcheon Pinot Noir is that it is still so backward. It is, without a doubt, the most structured of the single vineyard releases. Here, the fruit tends towards dark cherry, the flavours cutting deeper into the wine and driving the palate along with its brooding intensity. Dark, muscular and sappy with drying tannins a centrepiece, this has an unmistakeable truffled complexity. Impressive wine, with an impressive future ahead.
Andrew Graham [February 2017, commissioned by TMBT]
Hand picked 25 March 2015. Clone MV6 (100%) from the Ridge Block (100%) on our McCutcheon vineyard. Yield 3.64 tonnes/ha (1.5 t/acre, ~22hl/ha
• 100% destemmed
• 7 day pre-ferment maceration
• 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging
• short post-ferment maceration, total 21 days on skins
• following pressing and short settling period the wine was transferred to 22% new French oak barriques
• bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 15 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
This could take red meat, with the tannins to match. That said, a classic coq au vin with some extra saucisson (for flavour) would work perfectly. Serve at 14–17°C.