Red and black cherry are the hallmark fruit qualities in the 2018 Estate Pinot Noir. Combine this with notes of black tea, blood orange, florals, spice, earth, dried herbs and forest floor, with a lick of tiramisu trailing from the oak and the results is a formidable and complex aroma profile. With the warmer 2018 season, we upped the ante with whole-bunch work to build in some additional aromatics and savoury qualities. The sweet fruit is harnessed by some serious structural ripe tannin which carries the length of the palate and is supported by bright natural acidity and a long and savoury finish.
Another 95 points awarded, this time by James Halliday
"Full straw-green hue; the maximum varietal fruit expression has been achieved with the right amount of guidance from winemaker Simon Black. It has layers of fleshy stone fruits balanced by fig, cashew and - most importantly - grapefruity acidity on the finish and aftertaste."
Published March 1st, 2019
Crimson red in colour, the 2018 Tempranillo is packed with mulberry, raspberry, cherry and blood plum fruit qualities together with leaf litter and faint nuances of chocolate, tar and leather. There’s a rustic earthiness with some mineral and ferrous notes adding further complexity.
On the palate, there’s plenty of juicy fruit to greet you and abundant silky tannins to carry the fruit. The initial blast of fruit sweetness slowly subsides to be replaced with a long and plush finish.
Simon Black, winemaker
A complex array of fragrances; liquorice, black olives, pepper, nutmeg and cloves combine with brooding black and blue fruits. There’s some gentle whole bunch fragrance adding to the complexity. Plush fruit flavours merge with meaty and spicy notes and are well supported by gentle French oak and ripe silken tannins. A lovely savoury line finishes the show.
Simon Black, Winemaker
“Intensely fragrant, a combination red fruits including wild strawberry, raspberry, red currants and sour cherry combine withsome dried herbal aromas of sage and bay leaf. Floral notes,spice, earth and forest floor are woven nicely through the primary fruit. Careful oak handling imparts further complexity. The fruit ismoreish in quality and has an energy and vitality carrying thelong and bright finish.”
Simon Black, Winemaker