TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT NOIR - 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show
"Straight into excellent territory here." Campbell Mattinson
"the silky or satin like tannin-structure is first rate" James Halliday
94 points. “Straight into excellent territory here. This is why we’re so lucky in Australia: we get this level of pinot noir for $55, which isn’t cheap in general terms but in a world pinot noir context is a steal. So complex, so satiny, so well framed, so persistent. Woodsmoke, sulphur, tangy red/black cherry, super-fresh strawberries and fistfuls of dry spice. Sinewy and satiny simultaneously. It will develop beautifully but personally I wouldn’t be able to resist right now.” Campbell Matinson, The Wine Front
Medium to light cherry-red colour with a strong purple tint. The bouquet is fresh and bright, young and fruit-driven with a cherry-essence, slightly estery aroma, with some banana-like yeasty, primary ferment character. Smoky oak is there, and comes up with a bit of airing. In the mouth, it's intense and balanced, beautifully framed and precise, with gentle texture and silky tannins. A delightful lighter style pinot. Medium length. The oak is a trifle obvious on the nose, but not the palate: a year in the cellar should pay dividends. (Trophy, best pinot, 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show. 500 cases. 15% new oak)30/7/2017. Rated #2 from 96 Pinot Noir 2016 from Tasmania. Huon Hooke.
Wine of the Week. Gorgeous aromatics of strawberries and spice. The palate is tight and fine with excellent cherry flavours and subtle spicy nuances. The acidity carries the wine perfectly. An impressive, refined pinot noir that is drinking beautifully in its youth though will continue to evolve with time. Toni Paterson. www.therealreview.com
"There is a slight lift on the bouquet from partial barrel fermentation and long lees contact. This is a fitting complement to the power of the primary fruit flavours of strawberry and fresh berry compote. There is a softness to this Pinot Noir, the silky or satin like tannin-structure is first rate, with just enough back-palate weight from stalk use and light French oak, to hold its length.Rating:95. James Halliday.