One part signals employing carbonic maceration's softening fleck of juiciness (25%), another with a fully fledged ferment across 100% whole bunch, prior to 9 months in French wood (25% new), has delivered a structural tour de force. Saline, herbal, meaty and a fuse of autumnal forest floor and meat set alight the obvious fruit references. Lovely sap and zesty orange across the long acid drive. A very fine pinot, this.
96 points, Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion, August 2019
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.