Matthew Jukes (100 Best Australian Wines 2019/20)
“My featured 2017 Estate Pinot Noir comes into the UK in the late summer and it is amazing. With foresty notes on the nose dotted with moss, undergrowth, wild berries and sloes, this is a magnificent pinot and it is so detailed and so complex that it reminds me of a top flight red Corton. This is the antidote to rich, dark, fully ripe New World Pinot. It is the model of calm and composure and Burgundy fans will adore the restraint here.”
(James Halliday Magazine)
"Only 130 dozen made from the small estate holding. The wonderful intensity and depth gives every reason to drink some now, and the rest with spectacular complexity when 10-plus years old. Exceptional riesling."
Adelaide Hills Wine Show
The Hills’ pinot noir master, Stephen George, is still tending his small acreage and creating three levels of wine - although now owned by Wirra Wirra. This highest tier is nothing less than magical, with totally engaging concentration and intensity of pinot characters, a mesh of sappiness, cherry flavours, peppery as well as more exotic spices. It defines what might be determined as elegant richness in a pinot noir, even-keeled, balanced, and ultimately delicious.
The nose is brooding here with spicier, darker fruit in the form of riper strawberries, along with a delicious savoriness and minerality. Full body, fine tannins, plenty of fruit flesh and a long, expansive finish. Drink in 2018.
Parcels of all five clones grown on the estate passed the strict selection process, the wine matured in French oak (33% new). The bouquet is very fragrant and no less complex with its exploration of wild strawberries picked before full ripeness, the full box of exotic spices, and fine but unrelenting tannins. Not an easy vintage for pinot noir, but this is seriously good.