2020 Singlefile Single Vineyard Pemberton Pinot Noir
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VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The pinot noir grape variety is well suited to the cool climate environment of the Pemberton region. The pinot noir fruit from Eastbrook vineyard typically has strong varietal characters. All viticulture and winemaking techniques followed are done so with the goal of promoting the unique characters of the Eastbrook vineyard. In 2020 a warm spring brought about an early start to ripening. Even temperature days and cold nights helped to retain natural acidity in the fruit and allow full flavours to develop.
Harvested on the 25th February 2020, the fruit was picked, gently de-stemmed and then cold soaked for 5 days. A parcel was barrel fermented and underwent natural fermentation in new oak, the remainder went to small open fermenters and then to new and used oak. The wine spent eight months in Francois Frères and Taransaud pinot selection French oak barriques, 35% new, the remainder one and two years old.
A fuller styled pinot with lifted aromas of sour cherries, 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 game meat dishes.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
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
Rachel and I tasted this with a spicy Tasmanian Pinot and realised that this great southern Pinot offered a flavour profile that was instantly recognisable and a cosy place for aficionados of WA wine.