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2016 Meadowbank Pinot Noir

Derwent Valley

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Our Price: $49.99 / bottle (RRP: $55.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'An impressive, refined pinot noir that is drinking beautifully in its youth though will continue to evolve with time. '
95 Points - Huon Hooke

  • The 2016 Pinot is drawn from two separate picks, two weeks apart; "one early for vivacity, and the other late for texture," explains winemaker Peter Dredge. Everything is hand harvested and destemmed into three open fermenters with varying levels of whole cluster (roughly 20% of the final blend) and as many whole berries as possible (no crushing). There's a cold soak for five days before the natural ferment takes over. The wine was then pressed into French oak (15% new) at 2 baume on heavy lees, where it rested for nine months before bottling without filtration. Again this is simply an outstanding first release that shows the enormous potential of this project

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Two different picks on the one block. One early for vitality, second for texture. 7T of chilled fruit destemmed to 3 different open fermenters with varying whole cluster % if any. 100% whole berry. Cold soak 5 days, natural ferment, pump overs only, pressed at 2 baume to tank and French oak barrique (15% new) the following day to finish ferment on heavy lees. Unfined, unfiltered.

    TASTING NOTES

    Super fine and bright and pure, you can expect waves of cool, cherry, spicy, sappy fruit and spices, a vibrant, refreshing and complex palate and a long, spicy close. Sadly we have so little!

  • REVIEWS

    97 Points & Runner Up - Australian Pinot Noir Challenge 2017


    TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT NOIR - 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show


    'There is a slight lift on the bouquet from partial barrel fermentation and long lees contact. This is a fitting complement to the power of the primary fruit flavours of strawberry and fresh berry compote. There is a softness to this Pinot Noir, the silky or satin like tannin-structure is first rate, with just enough back-palate weight from stalk use and light French oak, to hold its length.'

    95 Points - James Halliday

    'Gorgeous aromatics of strawberries and spice. The palate is tight and fine with excellent cherry flavours and subtle spicy nuances. The acidity carries the wine perfectly. An impressive, refined pinot noir that is drinking beautifully in its youth though will continue to evolve with time. '
    95 Points - Huon Hooke

    'Straight into excellent territory here. This is why we’re so lucky in Australia: we get this level of pinot noir for $55, which isn’t cheap in general terms but in a world pinot noir context is a steal. So complex, so satiny, so well framed, so persistent. Woodsmoke, sulphur, tangy red/black cherry, super-fresh strawberries and fistfuls of dry spice. Sinewy and satiny simultaneously. It will develop beautifully but personally I wouldn’t;’t be able to resist right now.'
    94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front



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