This area of the Nepean Block was specifically targeted for a reserve quality wine. The vines were cane pruned to produce no more than 18 shoots per vine. An open VSP canopy was carefully managed all through the growing season with some leaf-plucking on the southern side once the nets were put on after Christmas. No more irrigating was done after Christmas to encourage uptake from the deep rooted vines of nutrients required for these special flavour profiles. Bunch thinning, to one bunch per shoot was practiced to concentrate all available plant resources into the single bunch.
- VIC - Mornington Peninsula
The best estate-grown pinot noir, with only 275 dozen made; destemmed to open fermenters, hand-plunged; matured for nine months in a mix of new and used barriques from Burgundian coopers. Light, bright crimson; both the fragrant bouquet and palate are complex, albeit with only light-bodied red cherry/strawberry spice fruits; has very good line and length. Rating 94 - Drink by 2019 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Very intense and precise pinot here with violet-like florals, sappy fresh forest aromas, muck, raspberry and spice - very taut and youthful, the oak is tucked in deep.
The palate has superb richness and intensity, really ripples with red fruit flavour and f nely layered tannins - the structure is impeccable, really reminiscent of the Burgundian repertoire of power with elegance. Kong cherry fruit fl avour and a lively cherry pip finish.