Always my favourite pinot of the stable for structural reasons alone: the tannins are earthy and ferric, as the name implies. Nothing gritty, though. A magical carpet to carry and obviate the sweetness of the fruit: bing cherry, blood plum and root spice. A welcome respite. Long, highly complex and flush.
96 points, Wine Companion, Feb 2018
True to the vintage. Less seduction and/or sweetness to the fruit; a greater sense of gravity to the tannin and overall structure. That said, it’s not an underpowered wine in any way; indeed the flavours charge through the palate at a rate of knots. Dried herbs, roasted nuts, brackeny notes, ripe black cherry. A chicory aspect. Oak here, cedary and smoky, laces its way throughout. From start to finish, the quality is excellent.
94 points, Wine Front, July 2018
Medium to full red with a slight tinge of purple. The bouquet is confectionery-like and herbal when first poured, then earthy, dry and savoury. The palate is also savoury, full and bold, with lots of structure and drying effect but it hasn't developed much complexity yet. A lick of toasty oak. The finish is very dry. It's had plenty of oak and may need more time. Very good, but it's a very savoury style, and very different to the Haven.
92 points, Real Review, July 2018
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.