Mount Macleod Pinot Noir 2020 (Gippsland, Victoria) "...red fruit, spice, forest floor..."
Cropped from dry-grown, organic vines (again on deep Gippsland ferresol soils) the Pinot is fermented naturally then raised in a mixture of tank (with a long post-ferment maceration) and old wooden barrels that have previously housed the Caledonia Australis Pinot. In 2019 Mathews used a greater proportion of whole bunches (20%) which also meant a shorter extraction period due to good early tannin pickup. It's a silky Pinot with a fleshy, textural palate and a heady mix of red fruit, loads of spice and forest-floor savouriness. The value speaks for itself.
Medium bright red in colour with a purple tinge. Lifted and clean aromas of pomegranate, ripe strawberries and cherries sing away whilst earthier beetroot notes hum away in the background. The palate is juicy and fresh with subtle notes of clove and spice. Young and vibrant at the moment but there are fine grained fruit tannins that will see the wine develop and show lovely secondary characters as the wine reaches four of five years old.