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 idiosyncratic, biodynamic and greatly admired Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir, aged in French Allier barriques for 18 months, is a defining Victorian pinot noir. Uplifting and memorable, this multi-layered and nuanced wine reflects a superb obsession, based on a low-cropping, four-hectare vineyard site at Leongatha. Black cherry, floral and game aromas, supple viscosity and underlying toasty oak. This wine is long in flavour, powerful & complex. It can be cellared for many years.
Medium to deep, bright, youthful red/purple colour, with a reserved but fragrant aroma of spices, rose petals and pot-pourri, while the palate is full and rounded, rich and sweet and generously flavoured, with a firm thread of tannins running through the centre. It finishes with a crescendo and a long, long carry. This has some gravitas, and the backbone to handle flavoursome food. A serious pinot. Date Tasted: June 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2031; Alcohol: 14.2%; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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