2016 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir
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- Pinot Noir
- Piccadilly Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
The 2016 growing season in the Adelaide Hills started early and was over in a flash. A warm spring resulted in early flowering and great flavour development, with stronger than average yields hand-thinned to maximise fruit flavour and concentration. Three Piccadilly sites made the cut for this blend: the Ashton Hills vineyard; Grigg’s Cemetery Block at Uraidla - a mainstay of this wine over the years; and the Blefari Bickles Rd Vineyard, about 1km south west of Ashton Hills. This latest vintage is matured in seasoned French oak and there are five different clones contributing to the blend. Drink now or cellar for five years.
Drink now or cellar for five years.
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“Fruits of the forest, mint, florals, cherries and anise-studded deli meats. It offers a wide variety of aromas and flavours and does so with a great deal of charm. It will arguably drink at its best in its youth but there’s certainly no hurry.”
Wine Companion - Professional
"Fresh cranberries and caramelized orange peel on the nose. The fruit is vibrant and tangy on the palate. Fresh, medium-bodied and a medium finish."
JamesSuckling.com - Professional
This wine stands out for its airy, ethereal demeanour; akin to a Poulsard from the Jura in France, there is a diaphanous curtain of ripe fruit, poised delicately with plenty of light/space with a lovely savoury palate. It’s just delicious drinking.
Gorgeous cherry-scented fruit walks that knife-edge of ripeness with some Amaro herbal notes and Campari-like tones coming into play for good measure. The fruit is underscored with hints of exotic spice, violet and jasmine top notes, mushroom broth and a seam of gamey complexity that draws you into the glass.
Detail, clarity and complexity are the leitmotifs here and it is keenly priced for a wine of its vinous pedigree. Full of character and brimming with inherent drinkability, it is true to its variety and place of origin. You can’t ask for too much more than that.
The Adelaide Review - Professional
"From Stephen George’s famed Ashton Hills vineyard, now under the umbrella of Wirra Wirra wines, this is designated “Piccadilly Valley” as it includes fruit from nearby growers. This is such a lovely wine, with its violet fragrance and companion aromatics as you taste, and while quite powerful it sits evenly in the mouth with a cherry juice feel and soft spicy tannins that encourage just another little pour for good measure."
The Advertiser, Top 100 Wines - Professional
Lightish red colour with a tinge of purple. The aromas are sappy, spicy and slightly eucalyptic, with definite gumleaf notes. Red cherry and raspberry as well. The wine is medium-bodied and quite intense, flavoursome and full of interest, with its forward-development an asset rather than a drawback as long as you don’t cellar it too long. The tannins are drying and savoury and well-sculpted to suit the wine. (fruit from estate vines blended with neighbouring Blefari Vineyard and the Cemetery Block, Uraidla)
The Real Review - Professional
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