2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
- Cellar Door
- Pinot Noir
- Adelaide Hills
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2027
- 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. All five estate clones made the grade for the 2016 vintage of Reserve with 40% from the two Martini clones, 30% from D5V12, 20% from 777 and 10% from MV6. Like previous vintages one third of this Reserve Pinot Noir was matured in new French oak. Drink now or cellar for 10 years for further complexity.
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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.
Taste Magazine - Professional
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.
JamesSuckling.com - Professional
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.
Halliday Magazine - Professional