Port Phillip Estate `Balnarring` Pinot Noir 2016 (6 x 750mL), VIC.

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Meticulous sustainable viticulture and sensitive minimalist winemaking produces site-expressive wines of elegance, complexity and structure.

Now in its fifth year, this wine represents the exploration of our second site, located in Balnarring. This vineyard, planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, was acquired in 2007 but originally established in 1997. The original plantings comprise two distinct areas of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A third area has been planted to Pinot Noir, exploiting the higher-density planting matrix found throughout the Pinot Noir growing regions of the Old World.

This wine was fermented in a combination of large-format wooden foudre and stainless-steel tanks. The ferment, with a small amount of whole bunches, commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 18 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 20% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only for bottling, with a total maturation period of 11 months. It was then bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

VIC - Mornington Peninsula

Expert Reviews

Rating 94 - Campbell Mattinson WineFront, 20th November 2017

It’s up-and-about and lively from the outset but the palate has depth and brood. I suspect it will be at its best as a young wine but there’s certainly plenty of stuffing here. It tastes of black cherry in macerated form and has a wealth of smoky, undergrowth-like inflections. Dried herb and spice notes, cedary oak, chicory; they’re all here. It all comes across as tip-top.

Winery Tasting Notes

Always a more muscular wine than its Red Hill sibling, the 2016 Balnarring Pinot Noir sits in a darker fruit spectrum. Black cherry and heady spices on the aroma lead to a palate that is loaded with powerful fruit intensity. This fruit intensity is well balanced with plenty of fine grained tannin and a long, intense finish. It shows excellent mid-term ageing potential.

VIC - Mornington Peninsula
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
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The Port Phillip Estate winery, James Halliday's 2012 Winery of the Year, is situated at Red Hill in the heart of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Owned by the Gjergja family, winemaking is overseen by winemaker, Sandro Mosele.

Surrounded by mounds of native grasses and indigenous spotted gums, the new Port Phillip Estate winery, designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, emerges from the landscape as a dramatic curved sculpture made of rammed-earth. Inside, a large cellar door and tasting room, and a light-filled restaurant open out on to an expansive outdoor deck. Underneath, state-of-the-art winemaking facilities - a barrel room, bottling line, wine processing plant, cellaring and offices - share space with six luxury accommodation suites, complete with private decks. Views across the vines to the sea are panoramic.

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