95 pts James Halliday Aug 2022
Arrives as a fully fledged pinot noir, complex and intriguing. Starts with a wealth of dark fruits, forest floor, bracken, earthy notes and woodsy spice, before launching into a sweeping, textural palate, glossy and even. Oak adds some extra creamy, spicy complexity and, boy, it runs long.
95 pts James Suckling Nov 2022
A beautifully crafted pinot, as always, with focused fruit, subtle undertones of cedar and leather and hints of foie gras. It’s full-bodied, but not heavy, with plenty of tension and focus. Bright acidity with depth and length. Impressive. Drink or hold
The growing season for the 2021 vintage was terrific, a joy after the traumas of 2020. Soaking winter rains gave us plenty of moisture in the soil, and that flowed into healthy crops. The summer was mild, with slow ripening giving the grapes lots of flavour and intensity.
Predominantly from our Lenswood Vineyard, at 455–500 metres elevation. Undulating with east and west facing aspects, the soils are brown loams over clay with broken shale on the ridges. The vineyard was planted in 1999.
Hand picked and sorted. Combination of whole berry and whole bunch (20%) fermentation. Fifteen days on skins. Matured in French oak, majority puncheons.
Complex, aromatic, medium bodied with deceptive power, silky tannins and long term ageing potential. The 2021 shows black cherry, darker fruits, underlying gamey aromas with great flavour and length.