Saturday, 9 May 2020

Honey Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir - Extra 2016

I met Jane Bromley last year at a wine tasting for small producers. Softly spoken, she has a calming presence and warming smile. I was thrilled when she got in touch recently to share some of her wines for review. This 2016 and the 2017 are excellent examples of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.

It was a fabulous exercise to have both the 2016 and 2017 in the glass beside one another. To be able to see the difference in the two vintages was wonderful.

This release is much darker and brooding by appearance, the result of a warm vintage. 2017, by contrast, was a cooler vintage. A blend of five different Pinot Noir clones grown at 410-420 metres above, cloves, fennel and earthy feels step forward before dark cherries and plummy fruit steer the ship. There's a touch of char too. I found the density captivating - it's bold and gets deep. An athletic Pinot that grabs you with two hands, yet there's an assuring warm embrace. Brown spices and fine pepper ease through. A lick of something methanol like appears on close but that moved on the longer it sat in the glass. The density ensures a long and pleasurable finish but also points towards a long future in the cellar. I could sip away at this all night - a superb wine.

Drink to six years+

94/100

Region: Adelaide Hills
RRP: $47
Source: Sample

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