The guy who helps out at Hoddles Creek making his own pinot noir and chardonnay, selling the stuff at $20, but pretty much applying the same sort of philosophy to the whole project… you do the maths. This is top five best value for money wine I’ve seen in 12 months….. Produced with some of the nous of Hoddles Creek, but individually styled and sourced from selected sites. Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
A blend of two vineyards in Kangaroo Ground and Woori Yallock, this wine is from the Northernmost and Southernmost points of the Yarra Valley. With a similar ripening period, but distinctly different soils, MV6 pinot noir from both vineyards was picked within a period of 1 week and treated in a near identical manner whilst being kept entirely separate. Destemmed after chilling, innoculated after 36 hours in tank, pressed to seasoned barriques to complete MLF after approx 12 days on skins. No further additions were made until SO2 was added at the start of June. The wine was racked to tank in January, racked again and bottled.
It somehow manages to be fresh, modern and old school at once. By old school I’m not referring to oak, which is modest here at most, but rather to the fruit profile. It has a macerated feel; it’s built on bass and mid-range more than it is on treble; there’s a suggestion of undergrowth and forest berry to the core of red cherry. It’s neither forward nor backward and that’s not a bad place to be. Special note on this wine’s balance; it’s impeccable. Tasted: Sept 20; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $24; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2026; Rated: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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