Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2017

This Heirloom Vineyards 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.

The colour is violet and garnet with medium depth and a reassuring turbidity, indicating it’s honset winemaking. A finer violet rim edge.

Briar and bramble with moss and earth before herbal and berry aromatics unfurl: bayleaf, blackberry, rhubarb and lavender; there’s a perfume here that is neither pour homme nor pour femme, but a balanced combination of the two.

This is grown-up pinot noir, in that it demands serious attention. The mid-palate’s tannic grip drys away the initial burst of summer and forest berry plushness; the fruits return in battalions at the back-palate, however, with a power depth-of-fruit statement - and hidden depths, too. Black cherry, black pepper, black tea... 

This structured and balanced pinot noir has a resolve about it, perhaps thanks to it’s upbringing: there’s an attitude of the grape and the vineyard and the attentive yet not interfering hand of the winemaker. There’s harmony and grace yet also ruusticity and veracity.

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Awards

  • Sommelier International Wine Challenge 2018 – Gold Medal 90 Points
  • Asia International Wine Competition 2018 - Silver Medal 
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 – Gold Medal
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 – Silver Medal, 90 Points
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • Adelaide Hills Saint Martin Wine Show 2018 – Silver Medal
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