John & Randal Tomich might be one of the Adelaide Hills most sought after winemaking families.
Not only is their eponymously name Onkaparinga winery, Tomich, a regular hit-maker in the annual James Halliday Wine Companion, but their impeccably handled, and sustainably farmed site is also becoming a Mecca for the up-and-coming, and oh-so-cool hipster winemakers of the Hills to acquire fruit for their unique projects.
In this instance, the Woodside vineyard is known to produce supremely elegant Pinot, planted across a variety of clones and viticultural practices. The I777, is a single-vineyard, single Dijon clone release that comes from the very top of the Tomich tree. It's their grand release, and each year it's brings in a tow a bevy oh high-scores and third party endorsements to go alongside.
The 2018, just released, is easily the best vintage yet (we should know, we bought the lot...).
At $60 a bottle from the cellar-door, you'd be pretty pleased to know you are getting 'as good as the region gets' as Ned Goodwin recently opined in his Wine Companion 96 point review. 'Bravo' too.
There is certainly latent power here in the wine, but a beautiful bouquet of cherries, undergrowth and autumnal leaves make this such an evocative wine. Exemplary stuff and worth every penny. Tomich have left their staple here, and people, like us, are starting to notice.
We've bought every last bottle we could muster.
Hand picked and wild fermented in 3 parcels, the French clone 777 was selected for this first release wine. The 777 clone provides cherry and mid palate with a seductive earthiness. Whole bunch processed in open top fermenters, this wine was aged in French barrels, 30% new Burgundy and 70% new Bordeaux cooperage.
Established in 2002 by Dr. John Tomich and his wife, Vicki, this Adelaide Hills winery has a remarkable reputation for innovation and harnessing some of the best winemaking talent in the country. The fruit is sourced from their own 200 acres of vines located in the very cool Onkaparinga Valley in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. It is the largest vineyard in the region and is farmed using sustainable practices. Today, Tomich Wines is still family owned and operated with John's son, Randal Tomich, heading up the winemaking duties alongside consultant winemaker Ben Riggs.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The nomenclature refers to Block I and straight 777 clone, an earlier ripening Dijon clone. The vineyard is cared for holistically, sans accreditation. The future, perhaps? Because this is an exceptional Adelaide Hills pinot. As good as the region gives us. Nothing root-spiced sarsaparilla about this. Thankfully. Truffled underbrush, cherry red and black and most joyously, fibrous svelte tannins and natural feeling acidity propelling this long. Very. The tannins growing in stature (30% whole bunch; classy French barrique) across the mouth. Bravo!