Based on Meadowbank's '87 plantings, the 2018 Pinot is drawn from three separate picks, two weeks apart: "... first pick for freshness, second and third for body and whole cluster inclusion."
Everything is hand-harvested and put into three open fermenters with varying levels of whole clusters--the third pick was fermented with 50% whole bunches--and as many whole berries as possible (no crushing). There's a natural cold soak for five days before the ferment kicks in. The wine was then pressed into French oak (20% new) at 2 baumé, on heavy lees, where it rested for nine months before bottling without filtration.
Again, this is simply an outstanding release that showcases the enormous potential of this vineyard. Look out for the intensely fragrant, whole-bunch-spiced strawberry aromas so typical of the Meadowbank site, alongside the kind of elegance and silky, unforced gracefulness that stacks up against Australia's very best Pinot Noirs. It isn't a powerhouse. However this is not what the Meadowbank site delivers, but a wine of great perfume, grace and serious deliciousness!
Classic Tasmanian Pinot Noir, big fruit, great structure. Cherry and red fruit expression with subtle herbatious greenery, with sharp tannins. Drinking well now but can but will be a great cellar stuffer.
Meadowbank was first planted in 1974 prior to the purchase of the estate by Gerald and Sue Ellis in 1976. The initial plantings were small, but the business was enthusiastically grown by Gerald into the premium offering that is seen today. Partnering with friend and winemaker Peter Dredge, the next chapter is now being written. ‘Meadowbank’ is the purest realisation of what our vineyard and Tasmania can offer. Located in the verdant Coal River Valley, north of Hobart in Tasmania, Meadowbank has two estate vineyards spanning over 50 hectares. The primary vineyard sites are at Cambridge and Glenora. Modern winemaking influence is obvious in these well packaged, cleanly made wines. Reflecting their cool climate origins, the winemaking team pick at physiological ripeness to elicit the most natural expression of their fruit.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Vines planted '87, 9 months in oak. Fragrant red fruits/flowers, the silky yet focused palate capturing all the primary fruit flavours that will burst into flower 3-5 years down the track. Unimpeachable balance and length.
Very attractive, ripe dark cherries and berries with a wealth of flesh in the mouth. Strong build of tannin and a long, plush and assertive drive to the rich, fleshy finish. Layered, powerful and intense. Drink or hold.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Brisk style, red fruits, firm acidity, aniseed and green herbs, oak in background adding a layer of sweet spice. Sour cherry and barely ripe strawberry, lick of powdery tannin, crisp and bright finish, sap and herbs, but with subdued sweetness of cranberry and redcurrant. It’s typical of the vintage, but has a translucency and energy to carry it.