Planted in 1995, this single block produces around 130 dozen per vintage. A must-try within the vaunted stable of these Victorian masters.
"Clone F6V7 planted '95, 9-day wild ferment with 35% whole bunches, matured for 8 months in French oak (33% new), 130 dozen made. The deepest crimson-purple colour is the first obvious sign of difference between the Single Block Pinots; a powerful wine with plum/bramble/forest notes, part fruit, part whole bunch. A long, well balanced finish. Drink by 2029."
95 Points - James Halliday
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.