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5 April 2017
Little Hampton, Macedon Ranges
This single vineyard site at Little Hampton near Trentham, sits at 720m above sea level, which is one of the coolest in the Macedon Ranges. It was a long cool growing season in the Macedon Ranges. A settled flowering led to good crop levels. Careful canopy management and crop thinning were required. A late summer with warm days and cool
nights allowed fruit to reach is full flavour ripeness, with fine grown tannins.
Hand harvested fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily hand plunging to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine was pressed then racked into new (30%) and used French hogsheads. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in February 2018.
Light to medium red colour with purple tints. It has a superbly fragrant perfume, multi-faceted and lifted, with charm and refinement, the finish long and satisfying with light, gentle, fine-grained tannins. Huon Hooke, 22 May 2018.
It’s been a star wine in the past and this vintage too is good, though perhaps not quite up to expectations. Or that’s how it presented today. It’s light-ish and sinewy with tangy cherry-berry fruit and rounds of spice. Tang is the key word. It slings admirably through the finish and is charming throughout, if not quite as compelling as recently vintages. 92 points. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 29 May 2018.
Deep purple with a deep crimson hue.
Floral violets and rose petal waft from the glass, bolstered by blueberry and raspberry fruits. Further complexities reveal themselves, such as cinnamon,
cherry sap and sarsaparilla. Mineral aspects including gunpowder and graphite provide intrigue. Given time in the glass the Little Hampton’s signature aromatics intensify.
Blue fruits, citrus flesh and wild sage spill immediately onto the palate. A focused and mineral core has drive, vibrancy and poise. Fine and lacy tannins frame the complex cardamom spice and subtle fruits. The wine has energy and lift that can only been seen in high altitude, cool climate Pinot Noir. This Little Hampton Pinot Noir is uncompromising in its purity and identity.
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Tea smoked duck, rare Little Hampton hare, local pine mushrooms