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.
As ever, painfully low yields make the Judd Pinot Noir an extremely concentrated wine. Indeed this feels like a classic Mornington Pinot, the sappy strawberry fruit lifted up by background vanillan oak sweetness. It’s a masculine Pinot this year, the open flavours through the mid palate brought back in by a finish with low acidity but with pronounced tannins and drive. A powerful Judd release, with high potential for cellaring joy. Andrew Graham [February 2018, commissioned by TMBT]
Hand picked 4-7 March 2016. Clone 115 (100%) from the Creek Block (100%) on our Judd vineyard. Yield 2.45 tonnes/ha (1.0 t/acre, ~15hl/ha)
• 100% destemmed
• 6 day pre-ferment maceration
• 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging
• short post-ferment maceration, total 24 days on skins
• following pressing and short settling period the wine was transferred to 17% new French oak barriques
• bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 12 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
To counter those tannins you need red meat, and a beef brisket would work nicely. Serve at 14–17°C.