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.
Like the 2016 Reserve, this is on the lighter, finer side of the Bass Phillip style and shows nuanced dark cherry, spice, dried herb and smoky, toasted oak aromas. It combines weight and concentration with finess. Ample tannins add to its length, texture and gravitas. Rating: 96 Points; Gourmet Traveller
The complexity of the bouquet presents itself the moment you pick up the glass. Plum, blood plum and a decadent whiff of charcuterie, the palate laying it all out in a three dimensional display that defies gravity. The dark corners of the forest reveal more and more each time you return. Drink to 2036. Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday
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