Pinot Noir "Estate" 2015/16
BACKGROUND: Original Estate vineyard; 8,500 vines/HA; specific plot cropping at approx. one tonne/acre, often blended with the best fruit from our Leongatha Vineyard. Wine with attractive, rich fruits in the mid-palate, with the strength to improve up to ten years in the cellar.
MARKET POSITION: Already well-known in Australia & internationally; “Distingished category”, Langtons Classification, 2005; Often rated at 95 >>>96 by Australia's leading critics. An established restaurant favourite. Consistently good value for money.
CURRENT VINTAGE: 2015
The 2015 vintage has delivered red wines with varietal purity, fresh natural acidity, tangy minerality and overall balance: one of our best vintages. These are great wines from Bass Phillip, and they are all capable of mediumlong-term cellaring....... However, they are beautiful to drink now!! All the reds need one hour breathing after pulling the cork.
WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS: A complex mouthful of intense flavours. Balanced acidity carries through to the finish. Emphasis is in the middle plate: But with quite powerful tannins. This is a good food wine : a very easy drink.
Halliday Wine Companion (Campbell Mattinson): 94/100. Cellar to 2027. "Forget the price, and indeed the position this holds in the Bass Phillip hierarchy.
It’s all drive and dare, power and glory, the combination of satiny texture and minerally, smoky savouryness: an exercise in pure seduction."