2015 Singlefile Single Vineyard Denmark Pinot Noir
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The pinot noir grape variety seems to be well suited to the cool climate environment of the Denmark sub-region of the Great Southern. The pinot noir fruit from Robertson’s vineyard typically displays floral and perfumed characters with an underlying dense cherry and raspberry fruit profile followed by a subtle savoury finish. All viticulture and winemaking techniques followed are done so with the goal of promoting the unique characters of Robertson’s vineyard. In 2015 an early spring brought about an unusually early start to ripening. Warm days and cold nights helped to retain natural acidity in the fruit.
Harvested in March 2015, the fruit was picked, gently de-stemmed and then cold soaked for six days. A parcel was whole bunch pressed and underwent natural fermentation in new oak, the remainder went to open fermenters and then to used oak. The wine spent nine months in Francois Frères and Taransaud pinot selection French oak barriques, 40% new, the remainder one and two years old.
A fuller styled pinot with perfumed aromas of red raspberries, cherries, subtle earthiness and spice. These characters follow through on the palate with a medium weight and textured mouth feel with soft tannins and a long finish. This wine is well suited to complement red meat dishes especially duck. Drink now or allow this to continue to develop in the bottle for up to seven years.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
92 points, Jeni Port, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 20
94 points, Australian Wine Showcase Magazine, Aug 2019
92 points, Steven Creber, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2019
91 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jun 2019
92 points, Toni Paterson, The Real Review, May 2019
4 Stars, Equal Top in Category, Winestate Magazine, Apr 2019
16.5 points, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, Dec 2018
91 points, Ray Jordan, 2019 WA Wine Guide, Nov 2018
4.5 stars, Winestate Magazine, Sep/Oct 2018 Issue
91 points, QWine - Steve Leszczynski, Feb 2018
91 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Dec 2016
93 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2012