Bicknell FC Applecross Pinot Noir 2021


Stunning aromatics of sandalwood, lavender, rhubarb, raspberry, nutmeg and blackcurrant. A great expression of Yarra Valley pinot noir, with it’s intense aromas, precise structure, elevated fruit and spicy/savour characteristics. Red fruit compote,dried flowers, star anise, hoisin and subtle oak. Bright and vibrant, yet with the structure, balance and length of flavour to age for many years. Really something and a terrific bargain. Waters Wine Company

Partial whole-bunch fermentation (20%) and three days on skins before maturation in older French oak. A bright, light–medium crimson red. From a great year, there’s an extra degree of oomph in the 2021 pinot compared to ’20. Strawberries, redcurrant and a little whole-bunch derived rose petal lead onto the palate, which is ripe, bright, crunchy and long. An excellent effort from this very cool Upper Yarra site. Only 97 dozen made. 96 Points Halliday Wine Companion

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Bicknell FC is the label of Nicky Harris and David Bicknell, chief winemaker at Oakridge. David Bicknell is one of Australia’s greatest winemakers and we have had many a superb cellared bottle contest between Oakridge and Bicknell FC.

All the fruit is from a close planted vineyard at Gladysdale, planted in 1988. This is an exceptionally cool site, perfect for making fresh, intense and vivid wines.You could not have hoped for a better spot in the Upper Yarra. The site has great diurnal range, warm days and cool nights, and despite the elevation is able to consistently produce full flavoured and fleshy wines due to its rich volcanic soil. Tiny quantities only, with 1.Ha of Chardonnay and 1.5ha of Pinot Noir, with a few hundred dozen made in any given vintage.

Winemaking is simple and classic. Wild unhurried cool ferments, absolutely no additions apart from small quantities of sulphur, ageing in used wood and for the reds, minimal punchdowns. Casks are rigorously topped up and the maturing process is kept short, retaining freshness and a certain structural angularity so well suited to Yarra Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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