97 Halliday Points & Special Wine Companion Star Value!
Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
The finest parcels of estate grown fruit, planted to four superior rows of Pinot Noir on the Hoddles Creek property at Gembrook. A holistic management of the vineyard is central to the realization of exceptional fruit, respect for local fauna and a focus on traditonal hands on viticulture are essential to the integrity of harvest. Rows 22 to 26 always yield something spectacular with each new vintage, the mix of Burgundian and new world clones are hand picked and separately vinified for release as an exquisite limited edition, only made in the finest vintage years.
Hoddles Creek was established with a view to selecting the most challenging terrains, to plant the type of vineyard which serves Pinot Noir best. The auspicious single block of original estate vines are characterized by moderate shoot length and small precious berries, they produce a mere 1.3 kilograms per planting. Fruit is all hand picked and crushed into fermenters for cold soak, a fifth are included as whole bunches for added structure and finer tannins. Batches are pumped over for optimal extraction. Upon completion, components are filled to a high proportion of new French oak barrels to begin a course of eighteen months maturation, bottled without any stabilization, unfiltered and unfined. Alcohol 13.2%
Dark raspberry hues. Potpourri and floral spice, sen sen and lamb over compotes and cherry ripe, whole bunch complexity and curls of rosey oak. Layered yet seamless palate of defined fraises de bois characters, dark jube and affable cherry acidity supported by a veneer of French cocoa oak and lingering length of plush velvet tannins.