Murdoch Hill Phaeton Pinot Noir 2017 (Adelaide Hills, South Australia) "...spice, cherry and herbs..."
A high altitude vineyard standing at 550m in the Piccidally Valley of the Adelaide Hills. This Steep East facing vineyard with mature vines was planted to a mix of MV6, 114 & 115 clones. This cold location and aspect protect the vines from the afternoon sun resulting in a much later ripening vineyard and provides extraordinary conditions to produce premium Pinot Noir of great elegance, vibrancy and structure.
The wine was made with extraordinary care, each clone was hand picked and then fermented separately using a more delicate touch. Retaining whole berries and the inclusion of whole bunches with gentle pump over’s help to retain elegance and show the purity of the vineyard. Older French oak barrels were selected to mature the wine for a period of 9 months to retain the vibrant fruit characters. The best barrels were selected for this limited wine before the wine was bottled without fining or filtration. The resulting wine has beautiful raspberry, clove and spice aromatics with subtle red fruits supported by a textural palate with firm sappy tannins that is supported by the incredible depth of fruit.
The Phaeton is a sport carriage with typically four extravagantly large wheels used in the 19th century.
"Pretty, floral, just ripe red cherry/berry perfume, flighty and flirty, fresh and just barely-there savoury and herbal. Succulent to taste, brisk and crisp in tannin and acidity, little amaro licks, fine web of tannins. Satiny nature to the wine despite that rub of very good tannin. Drink younger." - 93 Points, Winefront