2022 Rob Hall Harriet’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Harriet’s vineyard, planted in 1996 and named after his mother, is managed in sections with each one picked individually to create separate batches which undergo a variety of fermentation techniques in order to promote greater complexity.
Dark red in colour with black toned edges and a red to dark red hue. Perfumed aromatics of violet, red to dark cherries and strawberries are complimented by hints of rhubarb, forest floor, spicy cedar and fresh herb notes. Light in body yet possessing the varieties classic peacock’s tail like power wave of flavour, moreish red to dark cherry and strawberry fruits fan out across the palate with forest floor, infusions of dried herbs, spicy cedar and a delicate meaty character lying underneath. Supple in its texture, it has a polished yet structured tannin framework and finishes impressively long, uber delicious and fresh.
Drink over the next 6-8 years (2023-2031).
From the 1996-planted Harriet's vineyard in Healesville; 20% whole bunches, 50/50% matured in one- to three-year-old puncheons and seasoned hogsheads. A medium crimson ruby. Aromas of strawberries, satsuma plums, lightly poached rhubarb and a little potpourri. Still quite tightly wound, there's a lovely core of red and black fruits on entry before the compact and sturdy tannins kick in on the finish. The most backward and age-worthy of Rob Hall's trio of excellent single vineyard pinots from 2022. Drink by 2030.
Philip Rich – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion