With the oldest vines nearly 25 years old and with the 10 clones now in the blend (it took the Pannell’s over twenty years to source and quarantine them all!), Picardy is hitting their straps with what is arguably the most consistent Pinot Noir in Western Australia. The fruit from this non-irrigated, naturally low yielding vineyard is 80% destemmed and there is a cold pre-fermentation maceration (to extract colour and aroma) before a natural yeast fermentation when the wine is hand plunged up to five times a day. The result is a perfumed, sensuous yet serious and structured wine that is enjoyable on release but capable of rewarding your patience over the next 5-7 years.
Medium ruby to brick-red colour, with a trace of purple and a bouquet which is savoury, complex and beautifully harmonious. There are bunchy notes but they’re balanced, the wine is fruit-sweet and charming to taste, with light tannins and gorgeous drinkability. The tannins are fine and silky-soft. There is much to engross the serious pinot-phile here.
93 points, The Real Review (December 2019)
There’s a fresh array of red cherries and raspberries on offer here with a deliciously spicy and earthy edge, as well as some attractive, floral fragrance. The palate is succulent, smooth and vibrant with polished, ripe tannins and a fresh core of red-fruit flavor that holds long.
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2020)