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2017 Willow Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

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The product of a wet, windy and cold vintage, the 2017 Willow Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir possesses an earthier, more savoury finish than earlier vintages. This complexity is balanced by white cherry, red currant and dried herb aromas, with an intense and mouth watering palate with cherries at the forefront.

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Additional Information
Drink with: Duck, foraged mushrooms & cherries
Cellaring: 8+ years
Cases: 700 dozen
Harvested: 17th, 23rd, 24th and 28th March 2017
Bottled: February 2018
Alc/Vol: 13.5
Status : In stock
Vinification/
Maturation:

Hand harvested, 100% destemmed and fermented in small open fermenters
Gently hand plunged daily for 21 days
Indigenous yeasts, malolactic fermentation
11 months in 225L French oak barrels, 20% new

Reviews

2017 Pinot Noir, James Halliday, 95 pts

Hand-picked over 18 days, a minute crop at 1.21t/ha, matured in French oak (20% new). It’s a seductive wine with perfumed red fruit in a juicy framework that precludes any question whether it’s dry (it is), the gauze of superfine tannins the final deal.

-23rd March, 2019

2016 Pinot Noir, Huon Hooke, 92 pts
“Medium red colour with a little purple in the rim. The bouquet is red-fruited and fresh, with a stony mineral overtone. The wine is elegant and finely-structured with lovely refined tannins and delicate yet intense flavour. Red cherry to raspberry. Very stylish pinot.”
-13 May 2018

2016 Pinot Noir, Halliday Wine Companion, 94 pts
“Hand-picked MV6, D2V5, 115 and 777 clones, 9-27yo, fermented and matured separately, wild yeast open-fermented with 20% whole bunches, 21 days on skins, matured in French oak (20% new) for 11 months. Bright crimson-purple; fragrant and flowery aromas, with a soupcon of spice, are the signposts for a bright, lively and long palate that opens with bright red cherry/berry fruits, then veers towards a more savoury palate with a breezy finish.”
-1 Aug 2018

2015 Pinot Noir, Halliday Wine Companion, 95 pts
“Five clones, picked between 14 and 26 Mar, marry elegance and intensity, red berries with a brocade of multi-spices and a lingering, fresh finish.”
-6 Oct 2016

2015 Pinot Noir, The Wine Front, 94/95 pts

Gently smoked and spiced, slightly minty perfume, cherry and strawberry, some sweet nougat oak in support. Light to medium bodied, fine boned and cleanly etched with pure minerally acidity, a soft rub of pumice stone tannin, crisp raspberry and blackcurrant flavour, and a long clean finish. It’s beautifully done.”
-25 Jan 2016