Cold climate Pinot. Low sulphur, this one is about red berries and forrest floor – yum
Now that there is no single-vineyard wine being released from Eden Road, the flagship Pinot Noir has become a blend with the very best parcels of fruit ending up in this bottling. For this release, Celine Rousseau made a selection of her best puncheons of Courabyra and Maragle Pinot Noir, with 5% Pinot Meunier also making it to the final blend. The vines of both these sites are rooted in decomposed basalt, rich volcanic soils. The wine was fermented with 20% whole bunches in open fermenters, then lightly pressed to French puncheons (30% new) for 10 months maturation. The result is a fleshy and open, forest floor and mulberry-noted Pinot that’s ready for business!
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LS Merchants “Margies” Shiraz
lots of berries, delightful easy drinking mediterranean style shiraz
Quite simply one of the finest examples of Australian Pinot Noir we have come across. The dry grown grapes lay within the Piccadilly Valley region of the Adelaide Hills below the top of Mount Lofty. Resulting in the perfect cool climate environment for Pinot Noir to thrive. Add to this the mastery of Adelaide Hills pioneering head winemaker Stephen George and we are left with what legendary Australian wine writer James Halliday refers to as “the one Grand Cru of the state”.
Calvert Vineyard is located just two km east of the Elms Vineyard on Felton Road. The gentle north-east facing slope lies immediately below the hills of the Bannockburn Gold Sluicings, now a historic park. The tailraces of Bailey’s and Pipeclay Gullys’, that carried away massive amounts of sluiced gold workings, flank the vineyard to the west and east respectively and provide helpful cold air drainage to minimise frost risk. The vineyard land had been home to a few sheep, rabbits and briar bushes prior to the planting of vines in 2001. Felton Road started leasing the entire Calvert Vineyard in 2001 (10.2ha) and in 2013 purchased outright the Willows, Springs and Aurum Blocks totalling 4.6 ha of Pinot Noir.
Another quality wine from one of our favourite Pinot Noir producers. The newly released 2013 is another great wine from Stephen George. Tyson Stelzer – 95Pts “An effortless pinot noir, capturing the fruit intensity and complexity of a warm and very dry season, while presenting…
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