A blend of clones from the organic Hope and Morison Vineyards, lightly oaked for emphasis on vibrant, red-fruited elegance.
Winemaking is very similar to that of the Hope Vineyard Pinot though there is less time on skins for some batches with a view to preserving fruit focus and moderating extraction of tannins. Similarly the level of both new and one year old oak is carefully managed so that it plays a subtle, supportive role.
Attractively aromatic with summer berry fruits, citrusy, floral notes and a lightly spiced, herbal fragrance. Suggestive of the outdoors, earth, mushroom notes evolve as the wine opens in the glass. The palate is vibrant and brightly red-fruited with a light spicy savouriness and supple structure of well-bound tannins. There is a depth in the exotic guava and quince which have a secondary, preserve-like richness. A refreshing plum-skin tanginess and chalky, minerality balances these ripper flavours.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of neighbouring vineyards, the 2017 Stone’s Throw Pinot Noir is exceptionally fragrant and silky. offering up hints of smoked bacon, various savory spices, floral notes and dark berries. It’s medium-bodied, with delicate tannins that are just present enough to give the wine shape on the palate without interfering with its early consumption. Pretty and complex, it should be consumed over the next few years. 90 pts.
Bob Campbell’s Real Wine Review
Delicately-scented pinot noir with a charming fruity, floral lift. Moderately weighty on the palate with floral, red rose, dark cherry, plum and a suggestion of anise and spice. Bright acidity and peppery tannins add a little energy. Very good value at this price. 93 pts.
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