Port Phillip Estate Red Hill Pinot Noir 2014
Port Phillip Estate is located at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. The maritime climate and southerly latitude combined with the estate’s deep red loam soils are ideal for cool climate viticulture. The vineyard is set in a sheltered natural amphitheatre with north and north-east facing slopes providing excellent drainage and exposure to sunlight.
A bright, light ruby colour. The nose shows pretty and juicy red forest cherry fruits, interwoven with savoury meat notes and crushed meadow herb over a cool earthen base. The palate is bright and savoury but ripely red-fruited, again with the cadences of fresh herb, roast pan juices and iron-rich earth. Spice notes and a lively tannin profile draw the appropriately ripe palate out to length.
Hand-picked, wild yeast, 7 days cold soak, open-fermented, 5 days post-ferment maceration, matured in French oak (20% new) for 11 months, not fined or filtered. Good hue, clear purple-crimson; has a tangy brightness to the cherry-accented fruit flavours, the palate long and particularly well balanced; a juicy, fresh finish, oak no more than a whisper. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2021; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2016; Alcohol: 13%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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