Garnet/crimson in colour with ruby hues. Lifted, complex aromas of black cherries, wild forest berries, clove and cinnamon spice, with briary notes and underlying hints of tomato stem and kirsch. The palate is elegant, with rich, concentrated black cherry and wild berry fruit flavours that lead to a fleshy, textural mid-palate with layers of savoury minerality, tightly wound acidity, creamy fine-grained tannins and beautiful length.
The balance of the fruit, plus savoury nuances allied with acidity, will confer exceptional longevity.
The beginning of the Adelaide Hills season for the 2012 vintage saw cold winter conditions with below average rainfall. Rainfall was also below average in spring with mild conditions and an early budburst. Flowering and fruit set were affected by persistent morning fogs and drizzly weather, which led to a reduction in crop and smaller bunches. Summer was mild with average temperatures influenced by moderating southerlies off the ocean in January and only two heat events, at New Year and at the end of February. The coldest periods were the second week of January and the second week of February. This provided for slow ripening, which encouraged intense fruit flavours, high natural acidity and good balance. Rainfall leading up to vintage was above average, with the heaviest rainfall events in late January and late February. Temperatures were average going into an early harvest at the beginning of March, warming into an Indian summer in April. This allowed for a long window of picking, finishing on April 20.
“This is a quite beautiful pinot, its spicy black cherry fruit filling the bouquet, and at every point along the way to and through – the aftertaste. The balance of the fruit, plus savoury nuances allied with acidity, will confer exceptional longevity.”