Winery Notes: The Block Five vineyard is about half of one hectare in size on a sheltered, north facing, and very quartz riddled site. It is a wonderful natural vineyard exposition. The wine is always darker in fruit expression and immediately more spicy and earthy that the Original Vineyard. It is less immediately perfumed and has more tannin and fruit power. The wines from this vineyard require more bottle ageing to develop the same suppleness and delicacy as the Original Vineyard but even in their youth these wines are more profound. The wine spends 15-17 months in French barrels of which about 35% are new. This wine is never oak driven...
The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is to produce a delicious, perfumed, spicy harmonious, textured wine that is not as intense, complex nor ageworthy as our individual vineyard wines. Even when the outstanding Block K vines are older we will continue to declassify sections or barrels from each vineyard and produce this wine. The wine is fermented the same way as our other Pinot Noirs in that it is ostensibly 100% de-stemmed and gently worked in small open vats. The wine spends 11 months in French...
JH 92. Tasting note: All three '11 Bindi Pinots are light in colour; the bouquet is quite different, here with Indian spices such as garam masala and faint curry powder; the palate has more red fruits with the other two, and is the best of the three. It's development will be interesting to watch. (28-Feb-2013) James Halliday. The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful cellaring. As...
The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful cellaring. As it ages the depth of aroma increases in and the palate becomes increasingly harmonious and is characterized by a sweet fruited, textured flourish. In comparison to the Block Five this wine is more seductive and delicious in its youth whilst still significantly rewarding cellar time. The wine spends 15-17 months in French...
The Wine Front 94 points. The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful cellaring. As it ages the depth of aroma increases in and the palate becomes increasingly harmonious and is characterized by a sweet fruited, textured flourish. In comparison to the Block Five this wine is more seductive and delicious in its youth whilst still significantly rewarding cellar time. The wine spends...
Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016 Gold Medal - Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2016 Gold Medal - China Wine & Sprit Awards 2016 Gold Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show 2016 Gold Medal - Small Vigneron Wine Awards 2016 Lovely cranberry like nose with a juicy confectionary lift. Quite a lot of delicious varietal fruit characters with a superb firm finish. Alc: 13.8%; Rating: 96 Points; Wine Showcase Magazine Powerful, complex and long in the mouth, red and black cherries and wild raspberries; exemplary tannin and oak management. An astonishing 3432 dozen made. Drink by: 2028; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday A bright array of...
The 2014 vintage will age quite gracefully with the concentration that comes with smaller vintages. A vintage we have found to be very perfumed in the barrel and now in bottle. Wines which have great direction, power and enjoyment from the Moorabool Valley. "The bouquet, while complex, is the calm before the storm of the palate, which strikes the second the wine enters the mouth, and doesn't abate until long after the wine has gone from the glass. Its great character is the fusion of plum/black cherry fruit with a savoury carpet of spices and sweet earth. Quite simply, a very great pinot" - James Halliday, 98 points . Vineyard The Farrside...
Huon Hooke 96 points, The Wine Front 95 points. Full red colour with a good purple tinge, the bouquet stemmy and complex, its whole-bunch aspects very overt, with root vegetable and earthy overtones. A hint of leather. Traces of blackberry fruit emerging with airing. The palate is fruit-sweet and succulent, deliciously flavoured and lush, with softness and charm to burn. An utterly gorgeous wine. Long finish - real concentration. Balance and texture are its highlights. Drink 2018 to 2032; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; Real Review Vineyard The Farrside vineyard sits on a northeast-facing slope and consists of limestone topped with black...
James Halliday 97 points. The Wine Front 96 points. Vineyard The Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994, making it our oldest vineyard. It lies on a north-facing slope and the soil composition is bluestone and overlaying limestone, with red ironstone colouring the surface. This is unlike our other vineyards, which are mostly black volcanic soil with heavy amounts of limestone on the surface. The vine rows run north-south, receiving full sun exposure throughout the day, resulting in more perfumed, prettier wines. This is always the first vineyard to be harvested. The clones used in Sangreal are 114 and 115, which we believe have mutated over...
Huon Hooke 98 points, James Halliday 97 points. Full red colour with a strong purple tint. The bouquet is rich and dark berry, cherry-like, with some whole-bunch, stemmy characters and a trace of toasty oak all well-entwined with the berries. Earthy and parsnip, root vegetable notes too. The palate is profound, powerful and concentrated, with a fleshy softness that is delicious. A lovely wine with a big future. Great structure and power. Magnificent now but cellar a year or two for best results. Drink 2018 to 2035; Rating: 98 Points; Huon Hooke; Real Review.
James Halliday 96 points, WA 93+. "This delicious Pinot is seamless in its composition with silky, supple tannins with notes of leather and dried herb flavors starting to surface. Surprised by its openness and evolution - one can enjoy its flavors now - layers of dried mushroom, herbs and dark berries. Much more evolved than the 2011 and already showing its age." Jeannie Cho Lee Sept 2015.
JH 96. Light, slightly developed colour inevitable in the context of '12, but don't be fooled - this is a beautifully detailed, silky pinot, its fresh red fruits showing no hint of green, just that extra fragrance from the cool temperatures that prevailed. July 2014.
Jeannie Cho Lee 95 points, James Halliday 96 points, WA 92+. This is a gorgeous Pinot with wonderful definition of flavors as well as great intensity and energy. The palate offers layers of lovely flavors including cherry, herbs and roses. Seamless, beautiful with an intense, minerality at its core. Fantastic depth and great length. One of the best Pinots from Australia." JCL Sept 2015.
With every year that passes, the Tout Pres vineyard’s subtleness and delicate fruit structure are becoming increasingly pronounced in the wine. The bouquet fills the glass with spicy fruit, mineral elements and a hint of integrated French oak, with the darkness and essence of the Moorabool Valley true expressions of site. This wine exhibits primary and secondary flavours, which strengthen the overall integration for a seamless finish. It is a tightly packed combination of plums and undergrowth with an edgy acidity—and one of our favourite drops. Classic Farr nose, a beautiful earth-driven bouquet of integrated spicy fruit, earth, gamey...
The Wine Front 95 points. It’s the sternest, crunchiest, most brooding Curly Flat Pinot Noir I can recall. It’s routinely a wine of heft, and cellarworthiness, but this release is a rock. Tannin, acid, fruit and oak all combine to powerful effect. It’s simultaneously slippery smooth, creamy in fact, and surly; it’s like an approaching cold front: beautiful, intense, intimidating. The colour is not strong but no matter. We have spice, alpine herbs, orange rind and stewed black cherries. We have acidity forming a clear stream. We have sets of tannin. This is a monty for the cellar. Tasted: July 2017; Alcohol: 14.2%; Price: $56;...
~ Buy One 6-Pack and pay$ 29 per bottle ~ "The nose offers up cherry, raspberry, violets and Christmas cake spices. Plum and dark cherry influences on the mid-palate with a medium bodied construct. Not sure I have had a finish this happy and long for $29 - ever... RR4WEA
James Halliday 94 points. Drink to 2020+. WINERY NOTES: The Farr Rising pinot vineyard was planted in 2001 using a large mixture of rootstocks, but only three clones—MV6, 114 and 115. It is a very exposed and hungry north-facing slope, consisting of grey sandy loam mixed with an ironstone pebble (buckshot) at the top. This leads into black volcanic soil over limestone at the bottom of the vineyard. The fruit is hand harvested, and then sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is fermented in an open-top fermenter, and an average 60 to 70 per cent of it is destemmed. The wine is placed in 20 to 30 per cent new Allier barrels by gravity. It is...
The Farr Rising pinot vineyard was planted in 2001 using a large mixture of rootstocks, but only three clones—MV6, 114 and 115. It is a very exposed and hungry north-facing slope, consisting of grey sandy loam mixed with an ironstone pebble (buckshot) at the top. This leads into black volcanic soil over limestone at the bottom of the vineyard. The fruit is hand harvested, and then sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is fermented in an open-top fermenter, and an average 60 to 70 per cent of it is destemmed. The wine is placed in 20 to 30 per cent new Allier barrels by gravity. It is racked by gas after secondary fermentation, then again at 18...
"Significantly deeper colour than prior vintages, likewise depth of fruit; the bouquet and palate are driven by black and red cherry fruit of exceptional generosity but with an unusual touch of dark chocolate." 97 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
“Vintage 2015 in the Yarra Valley proved to be one of the strongest in the past 25 years. We significantly increased our fruit intake to twenty two different vineyards across all sub-regions of the Valley. Spring was mild, allowing excellent fruit set and quality and vintage was cool and dry with perfect ripening and crop levels 10-20% above the average. The remarkable varietal flavours with balanced natural acidity were evident across all vineyard sites and will see the 2015 vintage as a benchmark year in the Yarra”. Rob Dolan - Winemaker. Wine Notes Colour bright crimson Aroma strawberry, raspberry, cherry + subtle oak Palate berry...
Winery Notes: Only 500 dozen made. 2016 was one of the most compact growing seasons the Yarra Valley has experienced. A warm spring followed by a warmer than average Summer forced an acceleration of ripening process but also a retention of fresh acidity due to the cool nights resulting in Pinots with plenty of ripe, generous characters. Twenty percent of the fruit was whole bunch fermented with maturation taking place in a mixture of new (30%) and seasoned French oak hogsheads for 9 months. Semi translucent dark red colour with a crimson hue. Fragrant scents of ripe red cherries and strawberries are overlaid by subtle dried clove notes,...
Buy 6 or more and pay 45sgd per bottle. Huon Hooke 93 points. Medium to full red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet is meaty, charcuterie-like, spicy and complex. More than simple primary fruit. There is an abundance of soft, sweetly ripe, full-flavoured pinosity on palate. A delicious, almost decadent pinot. Gorgeous flavour and pleasing balance. Amazing value at the price. Drink: Drink 2017 to 2025. Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke
Buy 6 or more and pay 65 sgd per bottle. James Halliday 95 points. An intriguing palate, with flavours in the darker fruits spectrum, with savoury olive tapenade and blood orange lift. The tannins are quite gripping, reflective of the small berry size of the vintage, with a firm savoury structure led by a strong core of fruit, with just enough sweetness in an ever expanding palate. A blend of the best six vineyards, normally single vineyard releases, two-thirds matured in French puncheons (19% new) for 10 months. Has an exceptionally bright hue and an extremely long, intense and complex palate; red and black cherry fruits have a strongly...
And into the murky depths we travel. That lightness, that insistence, that riot of spice. It puts its cards on the table in take-it-or-leave-it fashion. It’s a wily, wiry wine, smoky and herbal, spun with tannin, fleshed with cranberry and red cherry, long through the finish. There’s a glimpse of jellied sweetness but blink and you miss it – before you know it, ash and dry twig notes have wrestled back control. This is an immensely cellarable style of pinot noir though, it is an openly polarising one. Alc: 13%; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front.
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