Polperro Pinot Noir 2019
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
“Great wines are made on the vine, and when the variety, aspect and soil type are right, Australia’s wine regions deliver elegant, textured and fruit-driven wines that hold their own with the best in the world.” Sam Coverdale established Even Keel in 2006 with a vision to create drinkable, elegant wines that celebrate the individual strengths of Australia’s wine regions. Since 2009, he has specialised in single-vineyard wines from his Polperro farm in the higher reaches of the Mornington Peninsula, using a mix of organic and biodynamic viticulture.
Sam's Polperro Pinot Noir is a blend of a few of his vineyards:
- Bassat vineyard, on an easterly slope 190m above sea level
- Mill Hill vineyard, on a northerly slope at 270m above sea level
- Kindelan vineyard, on a northerly slope at 160m above sea level
- Yrsa vineyard, on an easterly slope at 140m above sea level
Grapes were hand-picked and gently de-stemmed into open fermenters for a natural fermentation. About 5% of this is with whole berries, i.e. carbonic maceration with fermentation taking place inside the unbroken grape, increasing the aromatics.
After fermentation it is racked to barrel, approximately one-fifth in new French oak. The wine is bottled after 10 months, unfined and unfiltered.
It is pitch-perfect Mornington Pinot boasting delicate cherries and raspberries, continuing with a red-fruit focused palate and floral notes, some secondary undertones coming through, then a complex finish with black pepper and fine tannins. It's a gorgeous wine that will continue to unfurl in the glass as well as develop for several years in the bottle.