Made from 30 year old MV6 vines on a north facing block, this is fermented with up to 25% whole bunches before being matured in 75% new French, 300 litre hogsheads. The result is a wine with red and black fruits, terrific perfume and lift all wrapped in a medium bodied framework and wine with enough fine grained tannins to ensure a long life in the cellar.
One part signals employing carbonic maceration's softening fleck of juiciness (25%), another with a fully fledged ferment across 100% whole bunch, prior to 9 months in French wood (25% new), has delivered a structural tour de force. Saline, herbal, meaty and a fuse of autumnal forest floor and meat set alight the obvious fruit references. Lovely sap and zesty orange across the long acid drive. A very fine pinot, this.
96 points, Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion, August 2019
High-toned cherry pie aromatics The palate is laden with ripe bed berries. Excellent intensity with a rich, opulent, mid-palate. Youthful, sweet-fruited and ripe.
94 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
Meaty and substantial, flushed with coffeed/toasty oak, grunty with tannin and yet with plenty of fruit to the fore. There’s a lot of bass and a lot of treble but whether or not there’s enough mid-range I never was quite sure; I like this wine and it should develop well but for me it felt gangly.
92+ points, The Wine Front (August 2019)
A leaner style, yet it’s generous and fruit-focused with ripe-strawberry and some raspberry nuances. Medium body. Firm and silky tannins. Flavorful and bright finish.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
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.