Wines of the Month

February 2020 Releases: 2017 Priory Ridge Pinot Noir $39 & 2018 La Villa Pinot Noir $42

February 2020

February 2020 Releases: 2017 Priory Ridge Pinot Noir $39 & 2018 La Villa Pinot Noir $42

2017 Priory Ridge Pinot Noir $39

Priory Ridge is a boutique  6 hectare vineyard, with ideal north facing slopes which maximise sunlight. The soil is Devonian granite, rich in mineral content, transferring a unique “terroir” to the wine. Formally known as Tarpot Farm, the property has been in the ownership of Julie Llewellyn’s family (Reid/Clifford) for over 120 years. Julie’s Great Grandparents settled at Priory in 1889 after migrating from England in 1880. Before its conversion to grapes the property was mainly used to graze sheep as an adjunct to a much larger property, grazing sheep, cattle and some cropping. Priory Ridge has the George River as its Northern boundary and the vineyard draws its water from a small dam on the property. The 2017 Priory Ridge Pinot Noir has a typical Burgundian nose, with plum and dark fruit flavours, balanced by velvety tannins and oak complexity. It delivers textures & structure on the long persisting palate. Priory Ridge Pinot Noir is made by Brian Franklin at Apsley Gorge winery in Bicheno. Following 18 months in French Oak barrels this wine has been bottled without fining or filtration. The slight peppery/spicy finish adds to the character of the wine.

2018 La Villa Pinot Noir $42

VINTAGE NOTES Late frost first week in November, with minimal damage, followed by a cool start to Spring. Good weather conditions during flowering resulted in a high yield of excellent quality fruit. With day time temperatures above average and cool nights leading into harvest allowed the fruit to ripen and develop intense flavour whilst retaining acidity. Harvest Date: 9th April 2018, Hand picked WINEMAKING Blended Clones: 114   115   777   D4V2 Mixture of 30% whole bunch and 70% destemmed Fermented in open top vessel, cultured yeast added after 5 day soak at ambient temperature (approx.15-16 degrees Celsius) With the total time on skin 18 days, then pressed to tank, settled for 24 hours and then racked off heavy solids to oak. Time in oak: 10 months, 30% new French oak   WINE MAKER  Francine Austin (Delamere Vineyard) 2018 LA VILLA PINOT NOIR - tasting notes Bright Cherry red in colour, with great clarity and brilliance in the glass. Aromas of sweet red fruits, with traces of smoked oyster like notes from the charry French oak maturation. The palate is fresh and bright, with ripe red & black cherry fruits and beautifully integrated spicy oak.


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