2022 Singlefile Single Vineyard Mount Barker Pinot Noir
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The pinot noir grape variety is well suited to the cool climate environment of the Mount Barker sub-region of the Great Southern. This pinot noir fruit from Moore River Vineyard typically has strong varietal characters.
2022 delivered a wet winter and spring being reasonably dry. Even temperature days and cold nights helped to retain natural acidity in the fruit and allow full flavours to develop.
Harvested on 24th March 2022, the fruit was picked, gently de-stemmed and then cold soaked for two days. A parcel was barrel fermented and underwent natural fermentation in new French oak, the remainder went to small open fermenters and then to new and used oak. The wine spent seven months in French oak barriques, 30% new, before it was prepared for bottling.
A medium bodied pinot noir with lifted aromas of red berries 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 weight and a gently textured mouth feel with soft and subtly grippy tannins. The Burgundian oak sits 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
94 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2015
18 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, Jul 2015
95 points, Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday, Jul 2014
94 points, Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, Apr 2014
18 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, May 2014
Trophy "Best Pinot Noir", Australian Boutique Wine Awards, Oct 2013
Gold, Perth Royal Show, Sep 2013
92 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2013
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.
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.