The fruit for this wine comes from 1980 and 1987 Pinot Noir plantings in the Concongella vineyards, at Best’s Great Western and the 1997 plantings at the elevated vineyard at Rhymney. Pinot Noir was first planted in the Nursery Block at Best’s in the 1860’s. It is believed that the origin of these vines was the James Busby collection, Australia’s first vines. These Pinot Noir cuttings were sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Burgundy. The original Best’s plantings are now thought to be the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the world, and one of these clones is thought to exist nowhere else in the world.
Under Justin Purser's guidance, pinot noir constantly excels and morphs beautifully. This crackles with pleasure and the 50% whole bunches in the fermentation add sapidity as much as stemmy, albeit ripe, flavours. Cherries and pips, star anise and menthol, a palate that's light and bright with supple tannins and tangy citrussy acidity. Absurdly priced as in a bargain. Drink to: 2028; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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