Helens Hill The Smuggler Single Clone Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017
The Helen’s Hill wine range holds the spirit of those who have gone before us. It celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Each wine is hand crafted and under goes an arduous selection process before it makes it into a Helen’s Hill bottle. As we know, great wine is made in the vineyard and as such only small select parcels of fruit from certain rows of our single vineyard site are hand picked at harvest. Each wine is fermented in select French oak barrels. Prior to bottling, each barrel is tasted and ranked with only the best barrels selected for the Helen’s Hill range.
Single Vineyard, Single Clone, Single Focus. Made entirely from Abel clone and sourced from low lying, easterly facing vines at Helen's Hill this Pinot has become an in house favourite at Helen's Hill.
The terroir of these vines allows for the slow ripening fruit to display powerful red fruits on the front pallet. This wine isn't finished there though as ample structure in the form of acid and silky tannin provides great length and intensity all the way to the back pallet. Ready to drink now, but ageing in the bottle with add further complexity.
Abel clone, Selectiv'-harvested, destemmed and crushed, open-fermented, 20 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French puncheons (30% new). The magic of the cool '17 vintage suggests some whole bunch when in fact none was used. Savoury complexity creates drive and intensity, spicy/foresty notes to the fore, and linger long on the finish and aftertaste. I love this style of pinot. Drink to: 2033; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: May 2020; Alcohol: 12.8%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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