2020 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir

Cellar Door
$40.00
Case
$240.00
Varieties
Pinot Noir
Vintage
2020
Country
Australia
Region
Piccadilly Valley
Alcohol
14%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2020 - 2025

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Description

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.

Nose

Lifted fresh red and black fruits, layered with autumnal notes and spice from some whole bunch fermentation.

Mouth

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.

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Professional Reviews

"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."

Gary Walsh
The Winefront - Professional

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