A complex nose with many layers. Floral aromatics of violets & lavender merge with red fruits ranging from wild strawberry to Satsuma plum. The entrancing spectrum then runs into more savoury territory of game meats and earthen richness, framed by alluring oak spice.
It’s the sternest, crunchiest, most brooding Curly Flat Pinot Noir I can recall. It’s routinely a wine of heft, and cellarworthinecs, but this release is a rock. Tannin, acid, fruit and oak all combine to powerful effect. It’s simultaneously slippery smooth, creamy in fact, and surly; it’s like an approaching cold front: beautiful, intense, intimidating. The colour is not strong but no matter. We have spice, alpine herbs, orange rind and stewed black cherries. We have acidity forming a clear stream. We have sets of tannin. This is a monty for the cellar. Tasted: July 2017; Alcohol: 14.2%; Price: $56; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2028+; Rating: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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