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2017 Ashton Hills Picadilly Valley Pinot Noir

2017 Ashton Hills Picadilly Valley Pinot Noir

From the first waft, this is almost disgusting in its visceral sensuality. This is the sensation most of the most-obsessed Pinot perves dream of, but rarely get to feel.'
Philip White - Drinkster

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$197.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Screw Cap
Adelaide Hills
2016
750ml
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$197.94
Screw Cap
Adelaide Hills
2016
750ml
THE BRIEF
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • "The most distinguished site in South Australia for Pinot Noir; Stephen's unremitting attention to detail has made Ashton Hills the one Grand Cru of the state."
    James Halliday

    The 2017 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from the late Jim Grigg's Cemetery Block and its two clones – 114 and MV6, topped up with a parcel ofdeclassified Ashton Hills reserve/estate fruit, while the Blefari-managed Hunter Block plays a supporting role in the final wine. Stephen George has long-harboured an ambition to "showcase Grigg's fruit and to assess the influence our fruit has on the blend." The result is a medium bodied palate with the influence of Cemetery Block providing juicy fruit from the warmer clime, along with fine structured tannins that are typical of the Ashton Hills Vineyard.

  • The 2017 Adelaide Hills growing season commenced with one of the wettest winters on record, pushing back flowering, veraison - and ultimately harvest - by about four weeks on recent years. Fortunately, weather during ripening was dry without excessive heat spikes, leading to full flavour and colour development. The fruit for the 2017 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir was sourced from our own Tregarthen Rd estate and complemented with small parcels selected from a handful of sympathetic Piccadilly Valley sites. The wine was matured predominantly in seasoned French oak for a period of 12 months prior to bottling.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Red cherries and strawberries along with notes of undergrowth and preserved lemon. Bright and juicy red fruit characters with a savoury back half of earth, leather and subtle dried herbs. The palate is of medium weight with graceful, fine tannins that lend it a plush quality throughout.

  • CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT


    Made with both estate and non-estate fruit by Stephen George and Paul Smith. Right in the groove. Powerful pinot noir with some warmth, lots of spice, ample varietal character and lots of charm. Anise, florals, sweet red cherry, rosewater and flings of dry spice. Aforementioned warmth is the only real issue. In all other respects it's a delight to drink.'

    PHILIP WHITE


    From the first waft, this is almost disgusting in its visceral sensuality. This is the sensation most of the most-obsessed Pinot perves dream of, but rarely get to feel. There's just a cheeky tickle of the spice of old French oak, but mainly this bouquet is silk-smooth, musky, fresh-washed flesh. It is not what mortal humans expect of grapes ... To drink, it's so bare-faced matter-of-fact that you might just as well undress. You don't want food. You'll want another bottle. Don't fall in the glass.'