Pinot Noir Mornington Victoria
The Balnarring property is one of Port Phillip's more recent acquistions, two and a half hectares of vine which yield a conspicuously pastoral style of Pinot Noir. Foliage, minerals and twig appeal in equal measure, Balnarring articulates the nuances of vineyard and countryside, it will excite true pinotphiles and appeal to enthusiasts who delight in wines which can evoke a sense of actually being there. Its herbes de Provence and succulent acid tannin structure will court a crispily skinned duckling and match her moist meat with a fine length of cherry ripeness.
Balnarring was established to vines in 1997 and welcomed into the Port Phillip fold ten years later, treated to the most exacting standards of environmentally friendly viticulture, plantings are all cane pruned and vertically shoot positioned. Parcels of destemmed and whole bunch fruit are treated to a mix of traditional large format wooden foudres and fermenters for maceration and inoculation to wild indigenous yeasts. After three weeks of ferment, batches are filled to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques for spontaneous malolactic and a year's maturation.
Vibrant garnet colour. Highly perfumed and complex with dark cherry, plum and violet aromas over underlying savoury notes. The palate exhibits a tight and focused core. Initial ripe strawberry and raspberry characters move into the deeper territory of black cherries, liquorice and a touch of tapenade, subtle meatiness adds complexity. Fine tannins balanced with a stony acidity lead to a long, powerful finish.