2016 Estate Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir
Adelaide Hills
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2017 - 2027

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Gold Medal
Adelaide Hills Wine Show

The 2016 growing season in the Adelaide Hills started early and was over in a flash. A warm spring resulted in great flavour development and early flowering, with stronger than average yields hand-thinned to maximise fruit flavour and concentration. The 2016 Estate Pinot Noir is sourced from the Ashton Hills estate, and made from four clones: 57% from D5V12, 23% from Martini, 13% from 777 and 7% from MV6. Grapes were handpicked, keeping individual clones seperate in small open fermenters. Some whole bunch fruit was added to ferments, enhancing aromatics and structural complexity. Fermentation was initiated by indigenous yeast (wild ferment). Each clonal parcel was basket pressed and filled to seasoned French oak barrels with full solids. All barrels were kept on lees to build palate, body and complexity and racked off lees just prior to bottling, without filtration. Drink now or cellar for 5 - 10 years for further complexity.

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Professional Reviews

"The nose here is characterized by boysenberries, fresh raspberries and rose petals. Medium to full body, fluid yet sturdy tannins, good acidity and a fresh finish. A nice Chinese herbal streak to this. Holds long. Drink now."

Nick Stock
JamesSuckling.com - Professional


"A blend of four estate-grown clones, matured in new and used French oak. The colour shows distinct development, the palate likewise. But it’s a true manifestation of pinot noir a la Ashton Hills with its mix of spicy/savoury fruit and fine-spun tannins."

James Halliday
2019 Australian Wine Companion - Professional


"Not for nothing are his Pinots known as the ‘Burgundies of the Adelaide Hills’: this wine, from four clones, is basket pressed and wild-yeast fermented before spending time in 20% new oak barrels and neutral hogsheads. It has amazing purity of rich fruit, showing aromas and flavours of ripe cherry and strawberry, exotic spices and autumn leaves. It’s savoury and silky with firm structure and bright acidity. Superb!"

Tina Gellie
Decanter Magazine - Professional


“…both my featured Piccadilly cuvée and the 2016 Estate Pinot Noir show the purity and precision on which this label has built its reputation. The Piccadilly wine is forward, pliable, generous and engaging while the Estate wine is more structured, dense and exotic. It doesn’t matter which wine you buy, because just getting one bottle will be a challenge.”

Matthew Jukes
100 Best Australian Wines 2017/2018 - Professional

"The child of an early, fast vintage, this is an Ashton Hills that upholds its poise within a riper style, layered with signature savoury allure of beetroot, fleshy ripe berry fruits and accented with a hint of dark chocolate oak. It concludes with fine, silky tannins and alcohol that contributes warmth without dryness or heat."

Tyson Stelzer
WBM: Australia's Wine Business Magazine - Professional