2016 McCutcheon Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
17 March 2016
Sugar At Harvest
22.7° Brix (12.6° Baumé)
TA (finished)
5.6 g/l
pH (finished)
12 months in 25% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
March 2017
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.30 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2016 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.

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Previous vintages of this wine - 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The McCutcheon Vineyard typically delivers one of the most classic Mornington Pinot expressions and it doesn’t disappoint here. Interestingly, the acidity here has that mouthfeel ‘fizz’ you see in Burgundy, a nod to the perfect balance of McCutcheon. It’s a wine that is still unveiling in bottle, the hints of black pepper and blackberry hinting at the balance lying below, the tannins not aggressive, but a presence. The very model of a modern Mornington Pinot. Andrew Graham [February 2018, commissioned by TMBT]
Production Notes
Hand picked 17 March 2016. Clone MV6 (100%) from the Ridge Block (100%) on our McCutcheon Vineyard. Yield 2.94 tonnes/ha (1.2 t/acre, ~18hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
• 100% destemmed • 3-7 day pre-ferment maceration • 100% wild yeast fermentation with manual plunging • short post-ferment maceration, total 15-25 days on skins • following pressing and short settling period the wine was transferred to 25% new French oak barriques • bottled unfined and unfiltered following a total of 12 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
A trademark style and a wine commanding a traditional match. Duck breast with fresh figs. Serve at 14–17°C.
196 dozen
Vintage Notes

After a very cold winter, the 2016 growing season had the highest average maximum temperature (23ºC v 21.8ºC avg), earliest flowering (10 days earlier than average) and harvest dates(23 days earlier than average) on record, lowest growing season rainfall (211mm v 348mm avg) and shortest hang time (budburst-harvest; 21 days shorter than average). The result was a dry and warm vintage with good yields.

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