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'Sappy, crunchy and finessed across a red fruited weave of a mineral thread, this lovely wine offers a long caress across the palate. Nothing out of place.'
96 Points - Ned Goodwin MW
The Meres block is planted entirely to Pinot Noir with the exception of a tiny quarter acre annexe planted to Pinot Gris. Located along the eastern boundary of Kooyong, the name Meres alludes to water bodies – the dams which flank the block on all sides.
This gently sloping block is the most exposed of all our Pinot Noir plantings, leading to low vigour and low yields. which produces highly aromatic and perfumed red-fruited Pinot Noir with a structure that, as the vines age, is becoming more robust.
This single-block wine is sourced from 0.9 ha of 19-year-old vines on a gentle north-facing slope. These vines are the most exposed of all our Pinot Noir plantings, leading to low vigour and low yields. The combination of the soil (less loamy topsoil and more clay subsoil than the other blocks), exposure and low vigour produces highly aromatic and perfumed red-fruited Pinot Noir with a structure that, as the vines age, is becoming more robust and serious. This wine was fermented in large-format concrete and stainless-steel tanks. The ferment, with a portion of whole bunches, occurred 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 once, with a total maturation period of 14 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.
The 2016 Meres has a perfumed bouquet with bright layers of rose petal, raspberry, lavender and subtle cool spice notes. The palate has a long, juicy and sappy core of ripe forest fruits – raspberry and blackberry – that is complemented and neatly surrounded by fine earthy tannin. The power of the fruit-driven palate offers early appeal, however the tannin and structure of the wine will ensure good medium-term cellaring potential.
'The most refined pinot, perhaps. Ferrous, the Gevrey; this, the Chambolle, for lack of a better comparison. Sappy, crunchy and finessed across a red fruited weave of a mineral thread, this lovely wine offers a long caress across the palate. Nothing out of place.'
96 Points - Ned Goodwin MW
'Single vineyard pinot noir. Mornington Peninsula. Well known, well loved. Price has risen by $1 on last year, just by the by. Marginal gains. A taut release. A tense wine. Riddled with spice, cut with chicory, strung on a high wire of acidity. As smoky and savoury as it is structural and complex. There’s fruit here, dry, appropriate, impressive, but as a conduit to the structure, the process, the discipline. It’s good. It’s very good.'
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
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