Pinot Noir Gippsland Victoria
Outstanding Langtons Classification. There are a number of fundamentals at Bass Phillip which define the excellence of the wines. Painfully low yields are non negotiable, rigorous cropping to produce half the fruit of a Grand Cru Burgundy vineyard is essential. A minmalist handling of the ferments to avoid tearing the wine is imperative for retaining textural integrity. A little over half a pound of grapes are selectively picked off the original estate plantings at Leongatha, now over thirty years of age, they are source of Australia's most superior vintages of Pinot Noir.
Phillip Jones concentrates his research engineer's mentality on realizing vintages of exquisitely balanced wine, a reflection of the fortuitous microclime and an exceptional site. Vines are closely planted to silty loams and were established to attract maximum exposure of early sunlight. An exhaustive and fully biodynamic viticulture is essential but minimal intervention in the winemaking is imperative. The obsessive culture at Bass Phillip achieves wines of unrivalled excellence, matured for up to eighteen months in French coopered Allier oak and bottled without filtration, to preserve the profound textural richness which magically unravels layers of complexity in the glass.
Deep scarlet. Lively bouquet, cherry stonefruits and lithe spice, complex secondary perfumes of forest mushroom, earthyness and game. Extremely fine and stylish palate, dominated by cherries, pitted savoury fruits and souk of piquant trade spice, the richness of briny mineral, supported by silken tannins and judicious nutmeg mocha oak, a wine of amazing elegance and finesse.