Soho Road Vineyard was planted by Ian and Wendy Coghill in 1978, and is believed to be the oldest vineyard on the Bellarine Peninsula. The site on Soho Road, Drysdale overlooks Swan Bay and Port Phillip Heads. The vineyard (split equally between chardonnay and pinot noir)is run organically, sheep graze in the vineyard in autumn and winter providing fertiliser, reducing weeds and the need for the use of chemicals. Now a 50/50% joint venture between owners Malcolm and Jan Hastings and Will Derham, owner of Banks Road Vineyard, the wines are made at Banks Road.
This is a rich Pinot Noir with bright cherry and spice on the nose and full dark cherry and berry flavours with a hint of mushroom and forest floor. This is a wine that drinks well now but will reward further cellaring.
Small-batch ferments with 20% whole bunches, hand plunged, 11 months in French oak (35% new). A walk on the wild side awaits. Intense undergrowth, earth, humus, dried herb aromas. Bold confidence on the palate, peppery with red cherry, pomegranate, savoury tannins and real depth boosted by some fine winemaking attention to detail. Drink to: 2026; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2021; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Jeni Port; James Halliday Wine Companion
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