2020 Clyde Park Pinot Noir
Renown as one of Geelong’s top producers, Clyde Park was first established in 1979. The fruit for superb this mid tier Pinot is sourced from five different blocks planted between 1988 and 2000 which contain seven different clones. Picked in early March, different parcels of fruit undergo ferments with different percentages of whole bunch. The final blend is inclusive of 35% whole bunch and is matured in French oak, 30% of which is new for a period of 10 months.
Semi translucent dark red colour with black shaded edges and a light red hue. Displaying a perfumed like intensity, aromatics of violet, dark cherry, wild strawberry and dried clove drift from the glass followed by some smoky cedar like notes, forest floor and spicy dried herbs. Light and supple in its feel but richly fruited the palate has an expansive flavour profile of spicy dark cherries, wild strawberries and delicate rhubarb. Adding complexity on the back half are well integrated clove, forest floor, dried herb and faintly toasted cedar characters. Superb power wave with silky tannins, good freshness and a long moreish conclusion.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Another excellent example of the kind of fine-boned and sophisticated expression of pinot noir that Clyde Park celebrates. Forest, wild berries, wood smoke and undergrowth aromas provide insight into what follows. Round and silky in tannins across the palate, effortlessly subtle but with a solid core of flavour. A still-waters-run-deep kind of wine. Drink 2033.
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