About this Wine
Hunter Valley, NSW
Purple with violet hues.
Intense red cherry, raspberry and blackberry, with complex dried herbs and spice.
An excellent year in the Hunter Valley. Dry throughout the growing season, the vineyards burst early but a cool Spring slowed the growth periods, meaning ripening was around 2-3 weeks later than usual. December saw warm weather with average rainfall allowing for healthy and clean canopies giving excellent ripening conditions. January and February saw significantly lower than average rainfall conditions which meant ripening was even and let the team have the ability to pick fruit at its optimum ripeness.
Structural and dense flavours, with chalky tannins. Excellent intensity of flavour, with great persistence and balance.
Hand picked and crushed to tank with the inclusion of around 10% whole bunches. A 3-day cold soak before fermentation with the cap plunged three time daily. Pressed to oak for malolactic fermentation on completion of primary ferment, racked and returned for maturation in French puncheons (with 20% new ) for 8 months before bottling.
Hunter Pinot has the ability to age for well over 20 years.
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson
2021 Halliday Wine Companion
"Roars back into form. One word: character. Clean character. It's firm, red-fruited, sure-footed, a little spicy and low in oak. It's light but it feels confident. You just feel as though you're in good hands. Lengthy finish. A good strike of earthen tannin. Wood smoke as afters."