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2015 Montalto Tuerong Block Pinot Noir

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Winemaker's Notes

A highly aromatic wine displaying immense complexity. Blackberry and kirsch notes combine with graphite, cherry, and earthy undertones. There’s a whole-bunch floral and fragrant perfume hovering together with some subtle dried herbs and black olive. The palate is structured, but shows restraint and elegance as the saturating fruits dissolve into the savoury finish. This wine will reward cellaring.

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2015 Montalto Tuerong Block Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
The Tuerong Block produces powerful fruit that lends itself to whole bunch fermentation, after a series of trials Simon Black has developed a technique to reduce excessive stemminess: 40% whole bunches undergo 10-14 days of carbonic maceration before being destemmed and open-fermented, the remainder destemmed and cold-soaked for 7 days before wild fermentation, 7 days post-ferment maceration, matured in French oak for 11 months. This plays a tap dance between spice and fruit to set the tone for all the rest that lies behind. Again you have a pinot that flashes all the complexity of the four single vineyards, there is an overarching elegance in all these wines.
Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
200 dozen only. Single Vineyard release. MV6 clone. From high on the Peninsula, which is generally lower in elevation, where the lands flattens out – if that makes sense. Plenty of grunt, plenty of spice. There’s power in this here pinot noir. This is where black cherry nods towards blackberry; where bay leaves form into peppercorns. Woodsmoke, florals, macerated berries and silken redcurrant. It’s all churning away here, and yet it’s all yet to really unfurl. It looks the goods for an excellent future. It has to be noted: for all its grunt, this pinot turns quite ‘pretty’ through the finish.
2019 - 2024+
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Deep red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is toasty, smoky, nutty and dry, with savoury oak and dried underbrush aromas. Certainly it's very complex, worked and whole-bunchy. A touch of Campari. The palate is rich in the middle, then dry, savoury and not fruit-sweet, the tannins adding a strong note of dry savouriness which persists. A classy wine. It has a lot of style and complexity.

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