Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir 2021Hawke's Bay
Place of Changing Winds is located, roughly equidistant, between Mount Macedon and Mount Bullengarook, hence the name of this cuvee. This wine ended up being around one third whole bunches and spent nineteen months maturating in Stockinger casks with no new oak. It’s a powerful Pinot with great finesse and plenty of fruit. It will certainly drink well young, but also has cellaring potential.
98/100 “An exotically perfumed bouquet, partly from the inclusion of one-third whole bunches in the ferment and 18 months maturation in used Stockinger barrels. The power and length of the wine are extraordinary, and the ‘drink to’ date should prove conservative.”
James Halliday, Winecompanion.com.au
96/100 “Supple textured, deep and gently savoury, mellow red and black cherry fruit characters, sourness in a pleasant sense, alpine herbs, a slick dusting of clove and cinnamon, bright, blood orange acidity and licks of game meat, truffle and autumnal savoury elements. It feels fine and fancy, exqusiite in detail of flavours and beautiful texture. Sensational, really. Top flight.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Place of Changing Winds - The Estate Series
In the southern foothills of Mount Macedon in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, the altitude 500 metres above sea level, and the vines surrounded by native plantings and thousands of hectares of forest. It’s a genuinely cool site, with good rain, cold nights and a wide diurnal range. One of the most distinctive features of this vineyard is the high density, with over 45,000 vines planted across 3.1 hectares and densities of mostly 12,000 and 14,000 vines per hectare and significant plots at 20,000, 25,000 and 33,000 vines per hectare. Over the last decade the team have developed a system of agronomic practice that is adapted specifically to this special place. It is a meticulous viticulture with no synthetic chemicals used and a great deal of manual labour. The cellar is next to the vines meaning the fruit goes directly to the fermenters in a matter of minutes and everything is managed onsite, including bottling. The Estate Series wines reflect both place, and a no compromise approach.
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