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
Medium to deep red/purple colour, with a bold dark cherry and spice aroma underlined by smoky oak. Attractive whole-bunch overtones. The wine has superb concentration and fruit sweetness, as well as the structure to age. Delicious drinking, succulent and charming.
95 points, The Real Review (September 2018)
Straight as an arrow. Complex pinot noir with spice and twig notes at full voice but everything is served energetically and in one direction. No mucking about: it serves up complexity and then shoots out through the finish. Its lean profile helps it gather the palate speed to pull off the style, which is does handsomely. Needs a few years to show its best.
93+ points, The Wine Front (October 2018)
A fragrant pinot noir with red cherry fruit plus pimento and tamarillo nuances. The palate is rounded, weighty and lively with accents of cranberry and rhubarb pie. Good mid-palate brightness and succulence, and excellent persistence.
93 points, The Real Review (August 2018)