2018 Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir
Wild-yeast fermentation (10% whole bunch) with approx 14 days on skins, 12 months in French oak hogsheads (20% new). Nothing shy about De La Terre. Front and centre with a riot of pinot fruit, full of energy and joie de vivre. The fragrance is all about spices, red and blue berries, forest floor and autumnal shades. Medium bodied, warm and free flowing. Generous in tannin, sporting a sweet spot of confection, licorice and dark chocolate. Drink by 2030.
Jeni Port - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (January 2021)
It’s certainly complex. Put it near your nose and scents of potato, sweet beetroot, twigs, cherries and assorted herbs all come at you, along perhaps with earth and a certain volatility. Sweet, nervy beetroot is the one to remember though as it continues on into the palate and beyond, aided by a crush of purple flowers, cherry-soaked twigs and an orange-like tang. It’s hard to know what to make of it all; time is likely to be kind, but it’ll be a bumpy ride along the way. Drink 2022 - 2026+
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (December 2020)