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5 April 2018
Little Hampton, Macedon Ranges
This single vineyard site at Little Hampton near Trentham, sits at 730m above sea level, which is one of the coolest in the Macedon Ranges. Good spring rains set the season up in the Macedon Ranges. Soil moisture continued through to harvest. The dry summer allowed fruit to be harvested on phenolic and flavour ripeness alone, a rare treat in the Macedon Ranges. Fruit was handpicked in pristine condition.
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 second use French hogsheads and puncheons where it rested and grew. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in February 2019.
Gold Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019, October 2019
Gold Medal – Royal Sydney Wine Show 2019, August 2019
Deepish red colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet shows lots of smoky char and stemmy characters skilfully intertwined, foresty and whole-bunchy with a sweetly-perfumed lift which is very fetching. It’s medium to full-bodied and loaded with dried flower notes and some sinewiness from acidity. The flavour is delicious and very pinoty. A gorgeous wine. 96 points. Huon Hooke, The Real Review December 2019.
It’s a cranberried wine. Washy. Spicy too, gently autumnal, smoky, fleshed with red cherries, just a little reductive. A pinch of this and a pinch of that. It carries dry, chalky tannin; it’s strung on a taut line of acidity; it’s measured out in coffee spoons. Both delicacy and perfume are evident. Time will be kind. 92+ points. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front November 2019
Deep purple with a deep crimson hue.
Floral violets, lavender and rose petal waft from
the glass, bolstered by plum and raspberry fruits. Further complexities reveal themselves, such as cardamom, cassis and sarsaparilla. Mineral aspects including gunpowder and graphite provide intrigue. Given time in the glass the Little Hampton’s signature aromatics intensify and seduce the drinker gracefully.
Raspberry, plum and cherry sap fruits fall immediately onto the palate. Complexed with game meats, graphite and some white pepper. A focused and mineral core has drive, vibrancy and poise. Fine and lacey 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.
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