Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Very bright ruby garnet with distinct crimson hues. Aromatically – striking & seductive, bright red fruits, heartwarming winter spice, almond kernel & cherry stone lift – in time revealing a darker core. Warm, soft & silken on the palate – palpable fruit depth – authoritive presence. A fine poised pinot which sings of where it is from, and those who have worked with it from vine to wine.
Vinification of this wine is still evolving as we learn to voice the sense of establishment that these old vines bring. We destem without crushing before ferment, then soak on skins for up to a week. A small portion we whole bunch ferment and work specifically to draw out aromatics & structure. Primary ferments are fairly quick, hot & hand plunged, then sit on skins for a while, aiming for extraction levels just right for each vat. Wine then matures in Burgundian coopered French oak for a year before blending & bottling unfiltered."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"Hand-picked from 'old' vines, the 2016 vintage was barrel-matured for a year. Deep ruby, it is full-bodied and concentrated, with strong cherry, plum and spice flavours, nutty, savoury notes adding complexity, finely balanced tannins, and a long, harmonious finish. Drink now or cellar."
94/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Sweet cherry, faint raspberry scents, a touch of amaro and blood orange. Really like the perfume. Glossy and bright in the palate, sour cherry flavours here, so pure-feeling, effortless glide, soft, brisk, herb n orange-y finish. It’s lovely, does balance well, does length well, and satisfaction plus."