A pinot by another other name, with an alluringly musky, floral and spicy fragrance of black and red berries and cherries, violets and rose petals backed by perfumed oaky notes and a hint of plum. Underpinned by fine, crunchy tannins, its pristine, supple and juicy presence of vibrant blackberry and plum flavour backed by spicy notes of cloves and licorice delivers both lusciousness and elegance, finishing with wonderful balance and purity as well as some gamey, meaty complexity.
95 points, JeremyOliver.com
Good colour; has remarkable generosity and warmth (in the best sense) for the vintage; its fragrant bouquet and medium-bodied palate with velvety plum and black cherry fruit.
94 points, Wine Companion (December 2012)
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.