2018 Hughes&Hughes Pinot Noir
Our 2018 Pinot brings together fruit from vineyards in the Derwent and Coal River Valley, predominantly whole berry, 10% whole bunch, R71 (75%) and natural (25%) yeast, pressed to and matured in oak for 5 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Fruit was sourced from the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Two batches were individually fermented with RC212 yeast, one with 8% pinot gris the other with 10% chardonnay. Each batch was held on skins for 21 days before being pressed to oak and matured for four months on lees while undergoing MLF. It was bottled on the 12th September.
The finished wine has its density, opened a little by the co-ferment. Not surprising as the fruit from the channel had typically small berries and low yields. Silky tannins, bright acidity and punchy red fruits. Only 1188 bottles were produced without fining.
30 bottles remaining
James Halliday – The Australian
From the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The colour has a little more purple than its 15% Whole Bunch sibling, probably ex the co-ferment components of the blend, one with 5% chardonnay, the other 4% pinot gris. It has a profoundly complex bouquet, with spices woven through dark cherry and plum fruit, the palate seamlessly incorporating the lead of the bouquet, but building and expanding the baroque splendour of a very, very good pinot noir.
Rated : 96 Points
Drink : to 2032