Bass Phillip is located in prime dairy country near Leongatha in South Gippsland in an area widely known for its regular rainfall pattern. The vineyards have a north-easterly aspect and are planted on deep silty loams with a high iron content, a factor that gives tremendous colour to the fruit.
This version of the Premium is testament to the superior quality of the aspect that these vines enjoy. In its youth there always the underlying fruits and weight of our Reserve without that extra ‘layer’of complexity. Having said that this is a most complex wine. The nose displays a whole range of exotic fruits and spices. Apart from the fascinating floral start, there are intense cherry fruits that are accompanied by overtones of ripe plum, rhubarb, liquorice, mocha and dried herbs. The first impact on the palate is amazing with its powerful, complex and persistent flavours of berry, cherry and spices. As the wine travels towards the back of the tongue there are some lovely textures and other mouth feel characters that are hallmarks of our Premium. The tannin structure is quite superb and helps the wine to finish with real weight and power. This is a wine for long term cellaring and the more we taste it the more we see the 1991 vintage emerge and, if you happen to know this wine, then be ready for long, long term cellaring. By the same token, it is delicious today. Rating: 97+ Points; Phillip Jones
Medium to deep red/purple, very good colour. The bouquet is smoky, charred-timbery, smoked meats and charcuterie, with dried herb notes; the palate vibrant and intense, savoury and unusual in its flavours, with a lot of tannin and firmness. Drying, lingering aftertaste. A big structured pinot with lots of foresty whole-bunch characters. Firm backbone which lingers on and on. (100% new Francois Freres oak) Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke
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