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Alcazar Castle Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2019

This Heirloom Vineyards Alcazar Castle Pinot Noir was produced from our best Adelaide Hills Vineyard whose clones and viticulture embody the very best in cutting edge but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch by bunch, naturally open fermented, basket-pressed and stored in well seasoned first use French oak barriques from bespoke coopers. This wine is a barrel selection of the very best.

Reassuringly light in colour indicating strong natural acid; violet, blueberry hues, and unfiltered - hence the opaque rim edge and suspended solids in the solution. It looks like Dionysus…

All of Pinot’s summer to compote berry spectrum: sharper notes of beetroot and wild herbs flit between richer notes of fine chocolate and musk. Oak spice is subdued by cranberry and blackcurrant fruit aromatics.

This is a tightly layered wine: soft but ever-present tannins are long and they support deftly a stunning and complex facade of pure pinot primary flavours: from black berry fruits to cherry and wild strawberries, herbs, and lavender. The full drama of an acid afterglow takes over the back-palate, stretching out the herbal and savoury after-palate. Fathomless pools of Time’s first pinot noir fruit flavour hide below. A wine with a tiger waiting at the gate...

This is a wine that travels both time and tastes. And whilst it starts out in a Dionysian guise, it conforms to its Apollonian structure along the way. Dionysus farewells the wine, however, making it a two bottle problem. Cold roast chicken, a simple cauliflower gratin, a late night Croque Monsieur?

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  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Silver Medal 

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