Red berries, dried herb and dark florals give substantial depth to the aromatic
profile of this single block wine. A wine with both energy and structure, ready for
long ageing or to enjoy young after decanting. Full with fine tannins, long red
fruits, fine-grained oak and substantial length.
From our Viticulturist Mike Saunders :
Thomas Brothers' Pinot Noir grows on our highest slopes, in limestone soils which
impart a beautiful chalky tannin and finesse to the wines. The vines are naturally
devigourated in the harsh, exposed conditions and produce succinct crops of concentrated, dense fruit.
The topography of the block brings diversity of flavour profile with the bottoms of the block lighter in colour and fruitier while the top is more intense, with smaller berries, and riper flavours. Extensive leaf plucking and bunch thinning ensured balanced crop loads and even ripening.
From our Winemaker Dom Maxwell :
Our highest Pinot Noir block was hand picked in one day before a slow hand sort to grade the suitable bunches for fermentation. A small percentage of whole bunch was retained for tannin structure and integration of flavour. Wild fermentation with a month on skin was followed by a gentle pressing to French oak barrels where the wine aged for 15 months. During this time the subtle effects of barrel ageing have presented us with our finest single block barrels for blending and
estate bottling without fining or filtration.
5 Stars - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
96 Points Bob Campbell MW
97 Points Sam Kim Wine Orbit