2019 Bass Phillip Bin 17K Pinot Noir
Bass Phillip Wines (based in Leongatha) were established by Phillip Jones in 1979, where a small 3.5-hectare vineyard was planted to Pinot Noir. The estate has grown over many years (to 14 hectares) and is now one of the most sought-after producers of premium Pinot Noir & Chardonnay in Australia. There is a big focus on spending many hours in the vineyard, demonstrated by the commitment to practicing organics since 1993 and biodynamics since 2002. As of April 2020, Bass Phillip wines have been acquired by Jean-Marie Fourrier (of Domaine Fourrier). In this new phase of growth moving forward, Jean-Marie Fourrier will begin to take an active and primary role in the management of the vineyards and the wine production process as Chief Winemaker of Bass Phillip wines.
Somewhat distracting level of volatility here, though moving past that there’s sour dark cherry and plum, with a spicy and earthy character. Fleshy, mulchy autumnal feel with sour cherry and raspberry, ripe silty tannin, a blood orange tang to acidity and flavour. Finish is stewed rhubarb and strawberry, and offers solid length, a little walnut paste in the aftertaste. A bit wild, with a juicy natty feel. It certainly delivers Bass Phillip character at a more modest price. Drink 2021 - 2024.
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front (July 2021)