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2017 Fetherston Pinot Noir
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- Cellar Drink Now - 5 years (2020-2025)
- ABV 12.9%
- Closure: Stelvin
Produced utilising 67% whole bunch fruit with maturation taking place in French oak of which 25% was new. Deep, slightly cloudy dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light red hue. Fragrant violet scents blossom from the glass followed by ripe cherry and strawberry fruit notes. Subtle forest floor, fresh herb and spicy cedar nuances are also present. Delicious ripe red cherry and winter strawberry flavours overlay a delicate back drop of forest floor, fresh herb infusions and spice. Supple in its feel with silky tannins and a medium to long finish.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
Clones MV6, 777, G5, 114 and 115, hand-picked, 67% whole bunches in the ferment, 30 days on skins, matured in French oak (25% new). Wow. This doesn't waste a second in establishing its savoury pedigree. Those with a whole bunch preference (like myself) will enjoy the wine greatly, the long period on skins adding to the enjoyment and complexity. Drink by 2027.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
Label refresh here. 320 dozen produced. Yarra Glen (67%) and Macclesfield. Hand-picked. 67% whole bunch (which looks like the Yarra Glen component, I’d guess).
Raspberry, brown spices, almost chocolaty, with a mint and dried herb perfume. Medium-bodied, graphite tannin, good amount of crunch and savoury spice, rhubarb, cool acidity, generous flavour and a long dry wheaty amaro tinged finale. Earth and grip. A lot of character and interest. And as a closing remark, I really like how emphatic it is through the finish. Drink 2019-2027.
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front