Reserve Pinot Noir Ashton Hills


94 Points –

A deep nose with dark fruit and earth and undergrowth potential here. This is one to lay down. The palate has a long and silky wrap of fine yet dense tannin and a gently suave, smoothly delivered textural ride of sweet ripe cherries, red plums and blueberries. Excellent balance to boot. Drink from 2024.

– James Suckling, August 2019

95 Points –

Bright, deepish red/purple colour. A more reserved, less fragrant than the Estate model – dark cherries, whole-bunch effect not apparent. It medium to full-bodied, intense and powerful, with a lot of tannin. Dark fruits, very complex and highly appealing flavours, including noticeable oak. Best if cellared a couple of years.

– Huon Hooke

The Reserve Pinot Noir is sourced purely from our five preferred clones. The fruit is de-stemmed via a small, customised, gentle de-stemmer that keeps as many whole berries as possible. After ferment, the fruit is then basket pressed, and the wine is made without any additions until bottling. Some whole bunches are included, and the percentage varies according to the style of the vintage. The Pinot is then matured in a combination of old and new French barriques prior to bottling.

Brimming with juicy red and blue fruits, along with caraway seeds and truffle oil. The fruit opulence is framed by length-defining tannins, with briary and stalky notes. Under these layers are also cinnamon, cloves and cigar-box. The texture is plush and extraordinarily generous with a very fine, chewy finish.

Vintage / Variety 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir
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