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2014 Mons Rubra Pinot Noir

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We all endeavour to find that superlative quality Pinot, one which can deliver on both price and provenance. Often described as the Holy Grail for wine collectors, discovering the right wine to tick all these demanding boxes can be fraught with danger. But here we have what might be the greatest Pinot discovery of the last few years. This is a true artisanal Pinot and an absolute showstopper, so we made sure to secure every single case. Don't say we didn't warn you...

Winemaker's Notes

Pinot Noir is an excellent wine choice when you are not quite sure what to drink. The wine's versatility can complement many dishes. The wine produced from the Pinot Noir grape is enjoyed today in the same way as it was during the time of the Romans.

Pinot Noir grapes tend to create a lighter coloured wine than that of the full-bodied reds. This lightness, delicacy and subtlety are what attract many people to its complexity and flavours. It has a silky soft texture, making it an excellent wine for both new and connoisseur red wine drinkers.

We wish to present our noble Pinot Noir wines as a focus on texture and aroma. This wine style embraces the old world and new world styles. A Pinot Noir of complexity, earthy and forest floor nuances with a subtle to significant fruit driven finish. It is a slightly fuller bodied wine than the old world style and has a restrained silky and velvety full palate throughout.

Care is taken with the choice of the oak, designed to add structural and sensory nuances to the wine. Because of the delicacy of the grape, the oak should not dominate the wine. The oak is of French origin, from central France and is an important element in both the sensory and structural aspects of the wine, however due to the delicacy of the pinot noir grape care must be taken to ensure that it doesn't dominate the wine.

Mons Rubra Pinot Noir is a wine created in the Burgundian style and is of translucent ruby red colour. It was made to be soft, supple and medium bodied with subtle aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry, unfolding into a cedar and earthy forest floor character. The taste is of velvety fruit throughout the palate, which is light to medium embodied with fine silky tannins, good acid and superb length and persistence. If left to mature it will be earthy and full bodied.

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2014 Mons Rubra Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Five-day cold soak, cultured yeast fermentation, pressed to French oak (35% new) for 12 months maturation. A complex wine pointing to varied vinification methods. It has the depth and stature of fully, but not over, ripe Pinot, with savoury characters along with dark plum and cherry fruit; the oak, too, has been well handled. A good outcome from a vintage with some challenges.
Drink by 2022
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Gary Walsh (2014 Vintage) says
Cool and fragrant, with a distinct herbal note offering sage and gum leaf, subtle smokiness, red fruits and light spicy oak. It’s light to medium bodied, built on bright acidity, but carries a modest amount of fine dusty tannin too. Long and tangy finish, with pleasant herbal notes carrying into the aftertaste. It’s kind of tense, and bony, and herbal, but full of character and interest.
2016 - 2023+
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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Five-day cold soak, cultured yeast fermentation, pressed to French oak (35% new) for 12 months maturation. A complex wine pointing to varied vinification methods. It has the depth and stature of fully, but not over, ripe pinot, with savoury characters along with dark plum and cherry fruit; the oak, too, has been well handled. A good outcome from a vintage with some challenges.
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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
5-day cold soak, 10% whole bunches, 15 days on skins; 12 months in French Oak (40% new). Bright, clear colour; skilled viticulture and viniculture have paid big dividends: a perfumed, red-fruited bouquet is reflected on the long palate, which surges on the finish and aftertaste; exquisite tannins and overall balance.
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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2013 Vintage) says
Vines planted in 1999 using the MV6 clone, and made into wine by the people at Passing Clouds. Australia is an amazing place when it comes to wineries, so many, and so hard to keep up. Squished ripe strawberries and spice with fresh mint perfume and a pleasant undergrowthy earthiness. Light to medium bodied, supple and sweetly fruited with gentle fine grained tannin, a nuzzle of aromatic herbs and a long cool lightly tangy sappy finish. Really lovely, charming and typically cool climate Victorian expression of Pinot Noir. Gary Walsh
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