2023 Singlefile Single Vineyard Mount Barker Pinot Noir
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The pinot noir grape variety is very well suited to the cool climate terroir of the Mount Barker sub-region of the Great Southern. This parcel of fruit is from the established Moore River Vineyard, which typically presents strong varietal characters and 2023 did not disappoint.
The 2023 season delivered a wet winter and spring was reasonably dry. Even temperature days and cold nights during the growing season helped the fruit to develop full flavours while retaining natural acidity which forms the backbone of this wine.
The fruit was harvested on 11th April 2023. It was picked, gently de-stemmed and then cold soaked for two full days. A parcel was barrel fermented and underwent natural fermentation in new French oak, the remainder went to small open fermenters and later to new and seasoned oak. The wine spent approximately seven months in French oak 225L barriques, 30% new. It was then prepared for bottling.
A medium body styled pinot noir with lifted aromas of red cherries and spices as well as subtle forest floor aromas which will develop further with time in bottle. These characters follow through on the palate. The wine has a medium palate weight and a gently textured mouth feel with soft and subtle tannins supported with the natural acidity. The Burgundian oak presents nicely in the background. The wine finishes with good length of flavour and a long finish. It is well suited to complement game or light red meat dishes, and it will reward cellaring.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
94 points, Wine Showcase Magazine, December 2021
4 stars, Best of the West, Winestate Magazine, May/June 2021
92 points, Jeni Port, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2020
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
It has a balanced acidity for coming from a cooler region with beautiful fruit characters of cherry, cranberry and raspberry with very well incorporated use of both old and new oak. Typically drinking a current vintage of a wine that has a 30% portion of new oak needs some time to have all of its components mellow out together. However, this Pinot Noir has always been beautiful to drink upon release.
Due to being a very balanced, smooth and easy drinking red that you could have all year round, especially if you briefly chill it in your fridge, it is a stunning wine to bring to any social gathering. It also would please a more critical audience as well due to how well the wine has been crafted.