BASS PHILLIP - Pinot Noir Estate 2018
This wine has a strikingly complex, intense nose with a rich array of cherries and berries, grapefruit and pomegranate, plenty of fruit spice, light pepper and a gently creamy, baking-spice oak thread. The palate has a very rich, intense delivery of beautifully ripe red cherries, framed in fine yet sturdy tannins. Long, fresh and energetic finish.
James Suckling: 94 Pts
"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."
Campbell Mattinson - Halliday Wine Companion
Score: 94/100. Cellar to 2027.
Attractive, rich fruits in the mid-palate, with the strength to improve up to ten years in the cellar. Bottled without fining or filtration. The exquisitely balanced single vineyard Estate Pinot Noir draws fruit from the extremely low cropping, closely spaced north easterly facing, four hectare un-irrigated vineyard.
Already well-known in Australia & internationally;
“Distinguished category”, Langtons Classification, 2005
Often rated at 95 >>>96 by Australia's leading critics.
An established restaurant favourite. Consistently good value for money. 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.
The wine is vinified in an open stainless steel fermenter with regular plunging to extract colour and flavour. After fermentation the wine is gravity racked into a combination of new (60%) and old French Alliers oak for a maturation period of around 15 to 18 months.
Made in a simple and traditional manner, with low-cropped vineyards, no irrigation and minimal intervention in the winery, the wines of BASS PHILLIP display flavours which are characteristic of the region and their individual vineyards.
Deep mineral-rich soils, natural high humidity, and cooler temperatures in South Gippsland is also part of the magic that delivers the length, complexity, flavors, balanced acidity, and natural minerality to BASS PHILLIP wines.
Combined with Phillip Jones’s undivided attention to detail in the vineyards and winery, and an insatiable passion for quality wine experiences, BASS PHILLIP produces extraordinary wines one vintage after another.