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18th February 2016
Longest View, Bellarine Peninsula
A dry winter and spring led to an early bud burst. A dry warm growing season followed, resulting in small crops of Pinot Noir. We harvested 10 days earlier than 2015.
All fruit was hand-picked and naturally fermented in open vats. Whole berries, without stems fermented for 12 days on skins. The new wine was transferred to a mix of new (25%) and used French oak hogsheads for MLF and maturation. The wine was racked and bottled, without filtration, on Thursday 15 December 2016.
“Genteel power, with the full range of red, blue and purple pinot fruits; the length and balance are impeccable, the price is an absolute steal” 95-points.
Deep dark red, bright violet edge.
Typical Geelong Pinot Noir, with black spicey fruits, some wild sage and thyme, and a good amount of red cherry.
The warmth of 2016 shows on the palate, with generous red fruits, some Morello cherry, and a touch of Chinese five spice. Tannins are fine and add a wonderful energy to the palate, acidity is focused and the finish long and satisfying. A lovely wine, showing beautifully as a youngster with structure to age into the medium term.
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