Again, you cannot escape the attention grabbing aspects of the 2018 Ashton Hills wines. Massive nose of bright florals – lavender and dried flowers, and rhubarb, red cherry, five spice and cassis. Mouth filling, with sappy/slipperiness from the whole bunches. Everything here is integrated, from the bunches, to the oak, to the creamy red fruit compote, and the imperious tannins. Bold, sexy and ethereal.
This is a hit of the vintage, delivering an impression of freshness with great depth and drive. The nose has an assertive array of fresh red cherries and a light blueberry note. The palate has abundant fleshy, sweet and rich red-fruit flavors with length and weight at the finish. Balanced and satisfying pinot. Drink now to 2026. Screw cap. 93 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
Grapes were handpicked. Small amount of whole bunches were added to ferments, enhancing aromatics and structural complexity. Fermentation was initiated by indigenous yeast (wild ferment). Each parcel was basket pressed and filled to seasoned French oak barriques with full solids. All barrels were kept on lees to build palate, body and complexity and racked off lees just prior to bottling. No sulphur used during winemaking other than at bottling.