A different expression of Curly Flat Pinot Noir. Inspired by Domaine Dujac who employ high levels of whole bunch along with high levels of new oak.
The enticing fragrance of whole bunch ferment ushers in a multiplicity of secondary characters. Undergrowth, dried flowers and Christmas spices swirl both underneath and throughout the nose. A wine to be savoured and sniffed before being sipped!
A veritable wave of red cherries, milk chocolate and dried flowers flow across the palate with lively acidity. Great contrast is provided as the intersecting tannins derived from fruit, stem and French oak blur into a cohesive textural singularity. The finish lingers long on the palate, fanning out into an expansive peacock’s tail.
While having immediate appeal, the cellaring life will be 10-15 years. With the upper and lower registers in such supportive harmony, it shows us again that in the right conditions, high percentage whole bunch has both merit and reward.
How is this drinking now?
Medium red brick hues, red/black compote with whiffs of cedar and brambles, energetic palate offering both fruit and savoury complexity, good integration of tannin creating textural flow with the still bright acidity. Drink 2020-2027.