2020 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir
- Cellar Door
- Pinot Noir
- Piccadilly Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2020 - 2025
The 2020 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from a few of the neighbours as well as a contribution from de-classified Ashton Hills Reserve/ Estate parcels. Stephen George has taken great interest in applying his winemaking approach to parcels from elsewhere within the Piccadilly Valley and seeing how the wines compare with those from the Ashton Hills vineyard. The resulting blend benefits from varied fruit character and vineyard expression, while maintaining the fine tannin structure that is typical of the Ashton Hills style.
Lifted fresh red and black fruits, layered with autumnal notes and spice from some whole bunch fermentation.
Juicy and red fruited, with a plush and supple palate. There is a hint of spice and fresh herbs from the whole bunch component and the mouthwatering natural acidity and fine tannins result in a textural and long lasting finish.
- Growing Conditions
Flowering in Piccadilly Valley is relatively late owing to the cool climate, and we were lucky to flower during a warm window, however, combined with a dry season, yields were still compromised, as they were across the state. Although in short supply, quality was excellent and the clean fruit ripened in mild conditions showing good colour, flavour and concentration.
- Food Pairing
Crispy-skin Duck with Blood Plum Sauce.
- Attached Files
"2020 was Liam Van Pelt’s second vintage at the controls at Ashton Hills. I think he did an excellent job with the 2019 vintage. The wines, for me at least, seemed finer and more lucid. Anyway, this gets an extra 10% whole bunch, up from the usual 30% due to lovely lignification of the stems. Apparently Piccadilly was spared from smoke taint issues this vintage. I often think Adelaide Hills Pinot is bought mainly by people who live in South Australia, though for sure, the wines seem to be getting better of late.
Strawberry and blackberry, plenty of spice, smoky wet leaves, or something of that ilk. It’s light and fresh, juicy and sappy strawberry, good crunch and freshness, rhubarb and more spice, fine emery tannin, and a savoury finish of good length. Lots of interest and drinking appeal. I’d say it’s at its best now, and over the next couple of years."
The Winefront - Professional
"Light to medium ruby-red core, with a brick-red tint to the rim. Red cherry, bay leaf and crumbly clay aromas. Medium-weight but lashings of red cherry intensity. That settles into a savoury dry herb and charred meat complexity. Flows long and silky into a tannin driven dry finish."
The Real Review - Professional
"A fresh, fragrant pinot with such alluring perfume and bright strawberries and red cherries on offer. Bright and fine on the palate with zesty pink and red-berry flavors that really pop. This is an ethereal wine and shows a definite step in the direction of elegance at Ashton Hills. Great value, too. Drink now."
JamesSuckling.com - Professional
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