mason vineyard pinot noir 2014

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winemakers comments:
The Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine grown on the Mason vineyard in the Parkburn sub-region of the Cromwell Basin. It is a unique and captivating site on a north facing frost free slope. The wine is predominately made up of a parcel of Abel clone Pinot Noir that grows on a steep north facing ridge within the block. We favour the grapes that grow there because the vines seem to struggle more than the rest of the block and the fruit that is produced has smaller bunches and more intense flavours as a result. It is very spicy and the fruit is elegant and sinewy on the palate. We also pick at the same time a smaller amount of clone 777 & 667 on the gentler slope directly below the Abel. This parcel gives the wine good tannin structure and fruit weight.

wine notes:
An intense perfume of juicy red cherry fruit, briar rose floral notes and exotic spices. On the palate the red fruit and spice flavours mingle with an earthy note that is wonderfully complex. The finish is sustained by the sturdy coating tannins and mineral acidity providing a counterpoint to the fruit and a tightness that promises real reward in the years to come as the wine opens and becomes even more expressive of its unique site.

harvest: 22nd April 2014                      
Brix: 23.65                                                  
pH: 3.32                                                      
TA: 8.0g/L                                                                         
in bottle:  19th January 2016
pH: 3.65
TA: 5.1
Alc. 13.4%                                                                     

Tasting Notes |

5 stars, 95 points
Bob Campbell, July 2017
"Elegant and ethereal pinot noir with strawberry, cherry, floral and subtle spice flavours.  Subtle sweetness and impressive purity - at first it seems quite light, but a long and linear finish demonstrates real power.  Delicious now but with potential"  


5 stars, 95 points
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2017
"A stunning single vineyard offering from the Parkburn district, the complex bouquet shows dark cherry, black olive, dried herb and toasted nut aromas, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that is flowing and flavoursome.  The wine delivers power as well as grace and layers of fine texture and engaging flavours."  


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