Pinot Noir Bellarine Victoria
One of Australia's most perennially feted and esteemed Pinot Noir, generously flavoured, brilliantly balanced, stylish and approachable. The Geelong/ Bellarine area has a long history of viticulture, which dates back to colonization by Swiss immigrants in the 1840s. Curiously, Pinot Noir is a wine that performs well in the cooler climes of the lower Swiss Alps. It remained however for Scotchmans Hill to establish Geelong as one of Australia's leading winegrowing regions, due in no small part to the quality and consistency of their splendid Pinot Noir.
From some of Victoria's finest Pinot vines grown on clay and volcanic soils with basalt and limestone subsoils, to vertical shoot positioning on the Bellarine Peninsula, moderated by Port Phillip Bay's maritime breeze and strong cool Antarctic winds. Clones MV6, 114 Burgundy, 115 Burgundy & D5V12 up to thirty years of age, yielding 1½kg per vine, 1½tn per acre. Grapes are hand picked, destemmed to small fermeters and cold soaked for five days, accentuating fruit flavour. The musts are wild fermented for a week, pressed and racked to barrel for completion and malolactic. The finished wine is matured for up to a year in a selection of new to four year old French Troncais oak barriques.
Deep garnet hue. Lifted, perfumed nose, violet notes, plum and dark fruit, complemented by beetroot, spice and earthy characters, cedar oak in the background. Full complex and rich palate with fresh raspberry and dark fruit flavours, beetroot and spice notes. A touch of sappiness and earthy tones throughout the mid palate, rounded out by cedar oak. The structure is defined by firm acid and fine grained tannins, contributing roundness and length.