The Port Phillip Estate Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine produced from 3.94 hectares of estate fruit. The blocks were planted in 1988.
The fruit is 100% destemmed and fermented, without yeast inoculation, in open vats for 18 to 21 days. The malolactic conversion also is indigenous. The maturation period is 16 months in French oak (30% new).
- VIC - Mornington Peninsula
Light, clear crimson; the wine has to be tasted several times before it displays what it has locked up in the system; its bouquet is fresh and delicate, the palate very different, savoury tannins to the fore, small red berry fruits in the vanguard. Patience needed. Rating 94 - Drink by 2018 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2011)
The purity of red cherry and mulberry fruit on this enticing Pinot is absolutely hypnotic. What’s lovely, too, is that the palate is ethereal, lively and vivacious – rare for a red, but exactly what you want in a fresh-faced Pinot. Port Phillip’s wines are rarely seen outside of Aus, so it is with extra excitement that they are part of the gang in our Wine Rules team. Matthew Jukes, Wine Rules Launch (AUG/2012)
Slightly funky and meaty notes on the bouquet, with some forward development, and a fleshy but lively palate of good intensity and balance, even if it fades a little toward the finish. Savoury, mellowing, forward and tasty. Rating 92 - Huon Hooke GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE, April/May 2012
Mornington Peninsula has staked a pretty fair claim for making some f this country’s best pinot noir. So when a pinot made by Sandro Mosele, one of the great winemakers of the Peninsula arrives for a taste it doesn’t take long for the cap to come off at my place. It would be fair to say, chardonnay and pinot noir are Sandro’s specialities. This 2010 is a powerful wine, with the possibility of greater development over the next five to 10 years. If you don’t have time to wait you’re in luck because it also drinks superbly right now. Red cherry fruits dominate the aromas and palate. There’s more here too, a lovely dark tar and savoury character that separates this wine from a mere lolly water pinot. The palate is light to begin then you quickly become aware of its power. The finish is awash with fine grainy tannins. Its savoury elements should match well with the mushrooms and spinach. The ricotta and pastry of the tart will be the perfect foil to soften the grip from this wine’s firm fine finishing tannins. Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times, Panorama, (DEC/2011)
A vibrant and brightly fruited pinot noir that has ripe, upbeat strawberry, wild raspberry and light cherry fruit aromas, some sweet perfume and sappy, undergrowthy complexity. The palate’s lithe and juicy: fine tannins stretch in linear shape – quite svelte and even – and with plenty of strawberry and cherry flavour. A fun, easy going style, with good concentration and clarity. Rating 93 - Nick Stock THE AGE GOOD WINE GUIDE 2012
A great vintage for Port Phillip Estate, with a calm confidence and an effortless seamlessness, supported by well-structured, fine tannins. Excellent definition of red and black cherries, cherry kernel and blackberry intensity flows into a sour cherry finish. Drink 2012-2018. Rating 93 - Tyson Stelzer WINE TASTE WEEKLY, Edition 41, 18th November 2011
A ripper release from PPE. Cherry pip and red fruit, spice, florals, earth, sage and rosemary – aromatic complexity. It’s medium bodied with a strong core of minerally acidity, which happily, is not too domineering this vintage. Has terrific shape and focus – lightly chalky shaping tannin – and a crisp spicy finish. Sensitively made. An energetic and lively wine offering insanely good value, given its quality, ‘breeding’ and innate sense of sophistication. Drink: 2014 – 2020. Rating: 94+ points -Gary Walsh WINEFRONT.COM.AU, 2nd November 2011
Port Phillip Estate and its sibling, Kooyong, have been on fire lately, and this stylish wine continues the trend. Perfumed aromas of red and black cherries, plum, spice and rhubarb are given added complexity from sappy, smoky notes. There’s a vibrant core of cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavour that is as interesting as it is delicious and well balanced by tannins that offer good grip and bright acid. The wine finishes long with cherry and a sweet wave of strawberry flavour. Rating: 4 stars Ben Thomas THE WEEKLY REVIEW, 5th October 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
Pretty cherry/ magenta colour.
The nose shows bright, clean raspberry and strawberry red fruits, plus a reddish earthiness and base notes of tea leaf and dried pine needle.
The palate is lively and robust with fresh acidity, a youthful tannin profile and plenty of varietal red fruits.