Bass Phillip is named after George Bass and Arthur Phillip – men of great pioneering spirit, foresight and leadership during the nineteenth century. The Bass Phillip vineyards were first established, many years later, in the southeastern corner of Australia in 1979 by winemaker Phillip Jones, specialising in high-quality pinot noir and chardonnay wines. Made in a simple and traditional manner, with low-cropped vineyards, no irrigation and minimal intervention in the winery, the wines of Bass Phillip display flavours which are characteristic of the region and their individual vineyards. The vineyards have been organic since 1993 and biodynamic since 2002.
In April 2020, Bass Phillip wines welcomed Jean-Marie Fourrier (of Domaine Fourrier) as Chief Winemaker of Bass Phillip wines.
The wine comes from the "backyard" vineyard at Leongatha South, Gippsland, Victoria. There are 17,000 close planted vines, from which this Pinot draws its name. Made with the same philosophy behind the Reserve and Premium, it embodies the viticulture of close density farming so as to achieve vine balance early on.
The 17K reveals primary fruit notes and after half an hour or so the nose becomes much more resolved and interesting, showing its pedigree with bright cherries and blood plums along with raspberry notes.
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