Port Phillip Estate Red Hill Pinot Noir 2021
Bright notes of alpine herb and strawberry leading to cranberry and Morello cherry, with hints of cooling graphite and spice elements also. Driven and long, there is a stretch of fine tannin that runs through the palate and accentuates the cherry and floral characters. Elegant and pretty now, this wine will improve with cellaring over the medium term.
The fruit was fermented in a combination of large-format wooden foudre and stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted for 16–19 days. The wine underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The maturation period was 11 months in French oak barriques (of which 20% were new) and puncheons. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
The Port Phillip Estate Pinot noir is a stunning single vineyard wine produced from 5.08 hectares of estate fruit. The blocks were planted in 1988. A beautiful accompaniment to most foods or enjoyed on its own. Port Phillip Estate have always been great makers of pure Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their wines have always impressed us here at Jim's.