$149.93 / case
|Our Price: $24.99 / bottle (RRP: $42.00)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'Spice and forest nuances underlie the red fruits of the bouquet, in turn faithfully replayed on the seductively silky palate and long finish. Sensitive winemaking.'
95 Points - James Halliday
We are officially converted to the Church of Mons Rubra. Gosh these wines are good, and there is no doubt My Wine Guy will be making its annual standing order for Mons Rubra for many more years to come.
There is certainly something special going on here in the foothills of the Macedon Ranges. Each close-planted row of Pinot is guarded by rose bushes, no doubt the flower even playing a small part in the make-up of the fragrant wine. This is low-yielding fruit, manicured and tended to a meticulous degree, and at the precipice of what is sustainable for mainland Australia. Cold, deathly cold. Winds that will cut through to the bone and the constant risk of frost, fire and disease. Who would be a winemaker? Well the team at Passing Clouds no less - they have the enviable task of pulling together the wines from this special place.
If you ever have a chance to visit or drop-by the team at Mons Rubra, you will be met by some of the most charming, affable and down-to-earth people you are likely ever to come across. It is this quality that we find most pervasive in their wines - passion, patience and the family spirit. There are many much more fancied wineries, with their big budgets and even bigger price tags who will never be able to match this wineries level of enthusiasm and quality. Chapo.
As far as Pinot's go, the 2015 vintage of Mons Rubra is that perfect balance between lighter bodied, ethereal and fragrant Pinot, and the powerful undercurrent that is Macedon Pinot acidity and cleansing freshness. It's classically Burgundian in weight, and effortless drinking. Lovely stuff. Probably the best vintage yet of this wine.
The Mons Rubra Pinot Noir is a wine created in the Burgundian style and is of translucent ruby red colour. It was made to be soft, supple and medium bodied with subtle aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry, unfolding into a cedar and earthy forest floor character. The taste is of velvety fruit throughout the palate, which is light to medium embodied with fine silky tannins, good acid and superb length and persistence. If left to mature it will be earthy and full bodied.
Mons Rubra wish to present the noble Pinot Noir wines as a focus on texture and aroma. This wine style embraces the old world and new world styles. A Pinot Noir of complexity, earthy and forest floor nuances with a subtle to significant fruit driven finish. It is a slightly fuller bodied wine than the old world style and has a restrained silky and velvety full palate throughout.
Care is taken with the choice of the oak, designed to add structural and sensory nuances to the wine. Because of the delicacy of the grape, the oak should not dominate the wine. The oak is of French origin, from central France and is an important element in both the sensory and structural aspects of the wine, however due to the delicacy of the Pinot Noir grape care must be taken to ensure that it doesn't dominate the wine.
'10% whole bunches at the bottom of the fermenter with destemmed fruit on top (whole berries, not crushed), matured in French oak (50% new) for 12 months, 400 dozen made. Very light colour, although the hue is bright; spice and forest nuances underlie the red fruits of the bouquet, in turn faithfully replayed on the seductively silky palate and long finish. Sensitive winemaking of fruit with low level of tannins. Arguably will never be better than it is today, although, of course, it will change with age.'
95 Points - James Halliday
Vivino User Reviews
'My first Pinot from this producer and this region...watch out Mornington! They have crafted a super value Pinot with the full spectrum of varietal characters and a distinctive Terroir...reminds me of some of the smaller Burgundian villages.
'It's good one. Pale ruby colour with earthy nose and some spicy berries. Very nice'