Campbell & Christine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017


A dark, brooding powerful pinot noir. Rich and tannic with a deep, soft core. This Balnarring sub region typically creates these powerful wines. In this wine, austere in its youth, and now with a year in bottle, the aroma begins to blossom and spreads across the palate.

LOOKS LIKE... Deep coloured rich lustrous crimson with black shadows
SMELLS LIKE... Meaty, violets, aniseed and earth; dark plum rather than cherry
DRINK WITH... A substantial Pinot Noir requiring an equal in food; nasu dengaku with cold pressed sesame oil. On feast days, also with teriyaki duck and plum sauce


Harvest was across three days from the 12 – 15th March 2017. The crops were less than 2 tons to the acre, and the concentration is evident in the wine. Total time on skins was, at most, 16 days, as we aimed to keep wine Ph low. Only the wine that ran freely from the fermentation vats was reserved for the single vineyard blend. This selection favours acidity, brighter fruit and sweeter, more humorous tannins. The pressed wine was evaluated as too sombre, heavy and low in acidity for the premium selection. The wine was immediately transferred to very fine oak, a mixture of new and young. The late primary sulphur addition in September 29th encouraged the bright colour, floral notes. The wine was bottled without filtration on 17th May 2018.


Has a dark black crimson colour, bright and translucent. The aroma is violets and plums, the palate rich and tannic however there is a deep and soft core.


This Pinot Noir vineyard was established by Doctors Campbell and Christine Penfold in 1994. In the 90s, new premium clones became available – slightly bigger, looser bunches that controlled vine vigour and ripened to effusive dark crimsons, indicating a great volume of tannin. The greatness of their vineyard stems from the clonal selection of MV6, 114 and 115 with the confluence of shallow, clay-rich soils in the warmer sub region of Balnarring. Campbell & Christine Penfold’s vineyard is located on the coastal plain, 30 metres elevation behind Balnarring Village. The vineyard maturity is evident in the profound flavour of the wine. The soil is duplex; the top soil is a mixture of alluvial clay and the red soils washed down from the Red Hill above. This upper zone is quite shallow; underneath is a less permeable clay now broached by the roots of the mature vines. Irrigation is no longer or rarely necessary. The vines are pruned to a single arch, minimizing vigour, reducing canopy size and forcing the grapes to ripen. The style of wine is very concentrated, masculine and satisfying for a Pinot Noir drinker.

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