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The Pinot noir vines were sourced from Western Victoria in 1971. This material was acquired before individual clonal selections were considered, and as such, our Pinot blocks are a mix of many clones. A visiting French ampelographer (vine expert) once told John Middleton that there were in the order of 30+ clones in our original Pinot block. Subsequent plantings of Pinot on this site have been selections from the original block, and the clonal selection has been somewhat refined. In the winery the emphasis is on simplicity. By today’s standards, relatively short fermentations are employed, typically 7 days, with no cold soaks or post fermentation maceration. This is followed by 22 months of barrel maturation, with 25% of the blend in large format oak (1500L or larger), and 15% in new barriques (225L).

Elegant, smooth and supple with a spicy, floral perfume of raspberries, redcurrants, cloves and cinnamon, over suggestions of sweet vanilla/cedary oak and a hint of raisins. It opens slowly, becoming more juicy, fleshy and silky, presenting a restrained array of sweet cherry/berry fruit knit tightly with fine, bony tannins. (Yarra Valley, 94, drink 2010-2013) Jeremy Oliver

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