Tricia Byrnes and Kevin Bell first planted vines at their Balnarring property in 1998 with the sole intention of creating three single vineyard pinot noirs. Their philosophy centers around respect of the environment as they see their most important role is viticulture. Their wines are from three separate vineyards with slightly different aspects that are planted with different clones of pinot noir. All their wines spend 18 months in oak (new) and a further 12 months in bottle prior to release.
East facing. This vineyard is temperate and peaceful – sheltered and a little cooler than the other two. It is 3 acres and of clone MV6, which historians tell us originated in 18th century Burgundian stock brought to Australia by the early European settlers. Claude Garamond (deceased c.1561) was a Renaissance French typographer, a devoted artisan whose elegant font appears on our label and stationary.
Love the braille on the label. Beautiful pinot noir with a little extra heft and structure. Dark chocolate swirled through cherry juice, pomegranate juice acidity, autumn leaves, truffle, firm ribs, great length, good intensity but a sense of lift and fragrance. A very good release of this wine, detailed, unfurling beautifully in the glass with time. Pinot noir lovers who dig tension and tannin and quiet power will get greatness from their bottles. Tasted: Jan 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $92; Closure: Diam; Drink: 2021-2030; Rated: 95 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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