Seventeen Rows Pinot Noir 2017


The inaugural Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir vineyard, established 1982 on our winery property. We have persisted with the wide spacing, zero irrigation, and organic farming regime to contribute to this unique Pinot proposition.

Kevin McCarthy describes Seventeen Rows as ‘Pinot Noir goes to Barolo.’

LOOKS LIKE... Medium crimson with a sediment; requires decanting
SMELLS LIKE... Crushed purple spice
DRINK WITH... Roast duck with thyme and redcurrant sauce
CELLAR UNTIL... 2020-2029


2017 season gifted us with long even ripening conditions resulting in wines of a remarkably precise nature. The 2017 vintage of Seventeen Rows is a departure from the usual style we produce. The wine is as detailed as it is delicate, almost fragile.

Harvested cool in the early morning of March 13th by hand, this extremely low yielding vineyard only produced 0.8 tons per acre. Carefully, totally destemmed, mindful of keeping the integrity of each berry; all transfer of must was with gravity. Fermentation in 1 ton pots and then later compiled as one so that the musts could safely be macerated for a full month with all the benefits of finality with both yeast and malolactic bacteria fermentation, and the rich cool ocean of opportunity when skins and wine spend the right time together. The skins settled to the bottom and then the wine was racked off. The skins were then drained of their small portion of free run wine. In this year every drop was precious. The wine was then settled and racked to 100% new wood; 2 x 500L puncheons & 2 x 300L barriques. The wine was left undisturbed except for regular topping and tasting until the following April when it was racked off lees in preparation for bottling in May 2018. A small deposit has now occurred and we advise decanting.


Seventeen Rows of MV6 Clone of Pinot Noir, each row wide enough for the old orchard tractor, 3.2 – 3.5 metres and each row 200 metres long. The wide planting bathes the vines in sunshine, the organic viticulture program involves caring for the soil so that the root mass is larger than the canopy. The result is healthy vines, that can withstand the duress of summer, function efficiently throughout the season accumulating flavour and tannin in the grapes without much stress. The vines were planted in 1982 and currently we are renewing some trunks that have suffered from tractor implement knocks when we transitioned to organic. The trellis is rudimentary however adequate for these widely spaced small vines.

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