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2012 Principia Altior Pinot Noir
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- Cellar 5 - 6 years (2019-2020)
- ABV 13.2%
- Closure: Stelvin
Proprietor, Darrin Gaffy sits at the high end of the passion scale when it comes to Pinot, his wines amongst the Mornington Peninsula's rising stars. The vineyard he established in 1995, Principia (pronounced Prin-kip-ia), personifies the concept of minimal intervention in winemaking. The 8.5 acre site (6.5 acres of Pinot Noir and 2 acres of Chardonnay) has been dry grown since inception, fruit is hand picked, fermentations are via indigenous yeast and all wine transfers employ gravity - last we heard Darrin still has not purchased a winery pump!
Semi translucent dark red colour with dark crimson red hue.The nose shows a touch more intensity than the 2012 Principia Pinot Noir possessing a perfumed profile of dark cherries, hints of violets, meaty anise like characters, subtlety toasted cedar and spice. A step up in richness, weight and power, whilst still retaining its elegance and finesse, the Altior delivers mouthfilling flavours of ripe dark cherries intermixed with dark strawberries followed by some meatiness, cedar and spice. Velvet smooth tannins. Excellent power wave that will continue to build with bottle age. Long persistent ripe dark cherry, meaty cedar and spice aftertaste.
Cellar 5-6 years (2019-2020).