In Australia we still have a lot to learn about the best sites to grow Pinot Noir, but after working with Pinot Noir in Geelong for the past 18 years and the Hat Rock Vineyard for the past 11 years, it became clear to me we had something special. Here the clay soils nourish vines that consistently produce bunches of small berries with great concentration and flavour.
The passion put into growing the grapes by owner Stephen Funnell is unparalleled and the wines have consistently shown a level of quality and distinctive character, leading to our decision to showcase this site in a single vineyard bottling.
"As with all the single vineyard pinot noirs in 15, a mere 600 bottles and 50% whole bunches in the ferment. Noticeably stemmy adding cranberry tartness, an earthy, twiggy character and black tea, not everyone will latch onto it. Very fresh with morello cherries and stewed rhubarb and crunchy lemony acidity, there's a slight disconnect with the tannins and a bitter finish but it has a sweet spot." 91 points, Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion