The winery considers the 2018 vintage to be the best Pinot Noir they have every produced. Typical from the exposed Fighting Gully Road site, the mid palate exhibits ripe berry fruits with a fine line of acidity and tannin running throughout.
Mark Walpole has graduated from being arguably one of Australia's greatest viticulturalists to become one of its greatest vignerons. His interest in cool climate viticulture led him from his home in the Ovens Valley to the elevated Beechworth plateau at the top of the Escarpment above the Murmungee basin.
The site was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Merlot in 1997 on the lower North West facing slopes, followed by Pinot Noir in 1998 on the upper North East facing slopes at an elevation of 570 meters. In more recent years after working with fruit from this block small areas have been grafted to Shiraz, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Chardonnay and Petit Menseng.
In 2009 he gained access to the Smith Vineyard, located only a few minutes away from the Fighting Gully Road site. This small vineyard was planted to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1978, making it the oldest vineyard in the region.
Typical from the exposed Fighting Gully Road site, the mid palate exhibits ripe berry fruits with a fine line of acidity and tannin running throughout. It has a structure unlike many examples of Australian Pinot Noir, more akin to wines from Pommard.