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2023 Special Release Pinot Noir

$38.00

This Special Release Pinot Noir is a blend of barrel selections from the HVD Vineyard (75%), planted in 1984 and the 4 and 8 Acres Vineyard blocks (25%), planted in 1971 by third generation Murray Tyrrell. Representing the best parcels that didn’t make the final blend of our flagship Pinot Noir, Vat 6.

In the lead up to the 2023 vintage, there was an abundance of rain in spring which gave great soil moisture heading into the dry months of December and January. The harvest period was relatively stress-free without any adverse conditions such as rain or heat. This vintage has produced well-balanced, complex wines with fruit purity and is considered to be an exceptional Hunter Valley vintage.

Each of the Pinot Noir blocks were picked and fermented separately in small open top vats. Different techniques were used to add complexity to the style; natural ferment and whole bunch, verses destemmed and inoculated. After two weeks of traditional extraction these batches were transferred to older French oak barriques. Following eight months of cool maturation, individual barrels were selected for this blend. No fining and filtered to bottle.

With depth of colour, flavour and intensity, this 2023 Pinot Noir is complex yet pure fruited with notes of cherry and red fruits. The acid and tannin structure are balanced perfectly to deliver both depth and freshness on the palate.

Alc 13.5%
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Reviews

94 Points | Gary Walsh, The Winefront

This Special Release Pinot Noir is a blend of barrel selections from the HVD Vineyard (75%), planted in 1984 and the 4 and 8 Acres Vineyard blocks (25%), planted in 1971 by third generation Murray Tyrrell. Representing the best parcels that didn’t make the final blend of our flagship Pinot Noir, Vat 6.” I have the 2023 Vat 6 coming soon, though it didn’t make it into this box. 2023 is a great vintage for Hunter reds, and I’m told that it was particularly notable for Pinot Noir. I like Hunter Valley Pinot Noir, so that’s good news for me. Cherry and red fruits, a little vanilla and baking spice, some dried rose perfume. It’s medium-bodied, all juicy cherries and spice, tannin offers an emery board grip – lovely feel to them – balanced acidity, with subtle orange peel bitterness on a finish of excellent length. So delightful. Love this.

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