Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2018
A big sweet Pinot Noir, generous middle palate and excellent length. Aromatics of cherry, rhubarb and purple flowers; the palate walks the fine line between red and dark fruits, silky tannin, slippery mouthfeel. A blend across vineyards creates a broader nose and a soft fuller palate.
LOOKS LIKE... Bright wine red
SMELLS LIKE... Cherry, rhubarb and purple flowers
DRINK WITH... Potatoes, polenta, tomatoes, olive, schnapper
CELLAR UNTIL... Ready to drink now until 2023
Quealy exclusively manages all four of the vineyards that make up this blend; these batches are from the younger blocks. Thus it is a blend of each of our four premium vineyards which are especially selected and made for this generous, early drinking Pinot Noir. Musts were macerated for 15 – 30 days depending on the vineyard. Each portion of the batch was matured individually in a mixture of new and older barrels for 15 months before assembling and bottling in July 2019.
It’s a blend of the four vineyards that we manage on the Mornington Peninsula from 30 metres elevation with Campbell & Christine to the late ripening Musk Creek Vineyard at 210 metres. It’s a mixture of clones, and canopy technique. What binds our viticulture is a focus always on introducing sunshine, encouraging root development, and keeping the canopy small and energetic. A small canopy with a large root system intuitively nurtures natural acidity that is essential for wine health, and is so beautiful to taste. The tannins of the wine are sweet once again because of the sunshine and canopy shape. Because ripening Pinot Noir in our region is marginal, it is the variety where harmony from vineyard to winery is most evident.
Blending across premium vineyards can create a more pleasing early drinking style as the complexity of the blend makes up for complexity that age bestows.