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2019 Port Phillip Estate Balnarring Pinot Noir

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
$32. 99 Bottle
$395.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Stelvin

Balnarring is Port Phillip Estate’s second site which was purchased in 2007 but planted in 1997. The original plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were added to by a further paddock of high density planted Pinot Noir. Fermented with the inclusion of a portion of wholes bunches this wine was matured in French oak barriques (18% new) for a period of 11 months.

Intensely flavoured, expansive and supple this is a highly moreish Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir.

Semi translucent dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light red hue. Perfumed like scents of violets, dark cherries and anise make for a very enticing sniff with ensuing forest floor, dried herb, meaty game like notes and spicy cedar adding complexity. The alluring palate has an expansive feel with a peacocks tail like power wave of rich dark cherry, anise and ripe strawberry fruits holding sway over a back drop of forest floor, a subtle meatiness, infusions of fresh herbs and spicy cedar. Supple and fleshy texturally with polished tannins and fresh acidity providing a great framework. Finishes very long and moreish.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Alc. 13.5%

Other Reviews…..
While medium bodied at best, with smooth and supple tannins, this packs a lot of flavour and depth. Floats between florals, spicy dark cherries and heady forest-floor aromas. Oak is neatly integrated. It's compelling, complex, lithe and a lovely drink. Drink by 2033.
95 points
Jane Faulkner – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

This opens taut, savoury and complex but as it breathes the fruit seems sweeter and fuller. It seems serious and stern at first; generous to the point of deliciousness in time. That said, a healthy amount of spice and twig-like notes remain heightened throughout and its tannin never really lets go of the reins. In short, it’s a joyous Pinot Noir with substance. It works now and it will also work if you wait. Drink 2021-2026+
94 points
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front