Brokenwood chose to pick the pinot noir early for this vintage, and if it meant that it was available earlier that would be great, but I’ll have to settle for the handsome payout in the colour, nose and flavour instead. Aromas of red cherry and a background of sweet oak, with a soft palate, earthiness, dried fruit, and stunningly balanced tannins. This will only get better in age as it increases in complexity.
Awards and Accolades
90 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Clones 114, 115 and MV6, cold soak, 20% whole bunches, matured in mainly used French barriques for 12 months. Clear colour with normal development; there are strands of savoury forest/briar that run through the bouquet, palate and aftertaste that challenge the varietal fruit. Idiosyncratic."
2014 Vintage: 90 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front "It’s tasty. It’s tangy. It’s perfumed and finely tannic, and all those things are good to tuck into. If I’d ordered a glass of this I’d promptly order another. Cherries, plums, minerals, woody herbs, gum leaf. There’s a prettiness from cherry-blossom and musk-like characters too. It’s balanced and juicy, and satisfying, but does it quite have enough length? That I guess is where price considerations enter the fray."
From the Winery
The 2002 Pinot Noir grapes were the first off the new Indigo Vineyard at Beechworth and a stunning vintage to debut. As there are three clones planted over different sites there is the opportunity to process as a number of different parcels. Hence we have the varietal bottling as well as a Single Vineyard wine.
Retention of fruit character is always important. Processing involved cold soak of the must for a few days and included approximately 20% whole bunches in the ferment. No post ferment maceration was under taken. Oak maturation was in predominantly used French oak barriques and bottled at the 12 month mark. This is a blend of the 3 clones 114, 115 & MV6..
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