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2016 Even Keel Pinot Noir

2016 Even Keel Pinot Noir

Brilliant with varietal aroma and eager-to-please on the palate. An excellent result from a season that tested many. Sweet and sour cherries, beetroot, herbs and spices. Both tangy and satiny at once. Smoky oak as seasoning. It all sings in harmony.
92 points - Campbell Mattinson

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DESCRIPTION
  • The name Polperro is synonymous with good quality Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula. Even Keel is the second label from winemaker Sam Coverdale, using fruit from selected vineyards throughout the Mornington region. But 'second label' is a misnomer - the wines are better than that.

    A beautifully savoury Pinot, showcasing Mornington's classic fruit richness with plenty of earthiness and spice. This wine drinks well above its price tag - even more remarkable when you consider 2016 was a challenging vintage for some in the Mornington. This is quality Pinot at a great price.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The fruit is handpicked and destemmed into a 2 ton open fermenter as whole berries and left to start fermenting naturally. It is not touched until a 2-3 drop in baume , which allows fermentation to occur inside the grape berry and, I believe, increases the aromatics of the finished wine. Once fermentation starts strongly, the ferment is handplunged 2-3 times per day for 15 days. The wine is left on skins for post ferment maturation for another 15 days, then pressed off skins and racked to barrel. 10 % new oak and predominately Sirugue extra tight grain Light toast and Francois Ferrer is used, then it is racked and returned to barrel in the summer. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration in the spring of the following year, giving it a total of 16 months in oak.

    TASTING NOTES

    A wonderful Mornington Pinot sitting firmly in the savoury end of the spectrum. Complex aromas of leaf litter and earth, mushroom and cured meats, all wrapped around a core of blood plum. The generous palate has dark fruits, and black tea characters with leather and spice, culminating in a long, layered and savoury finish.

  • REVIEWS

    'Brilliant with varietal aroma and eager-to-please on the palate. An excellent result from a season that tested many. Sweet and sour cherries, beetroot, herbs and spices. Both tangy and satiny at once. Smoky oak as seasoning. It all sings in harmony.'
    92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Halliday's Wine Companion