Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
As Halliday has noted, "[Ashton Hills] is the most distinguished site in South Australia for Pinot Noir; Stephen's unremitting attention to detail has made Ashton Hills the one Grand Cru of the state." He's got a point. The charismatic personality of this striking Pinot Noir is the result of a strict selection of Ashton Hills' oldest vines and its finest clonal material. By its very nature, quantities are very limited. Stephen George's selection (from all five of his clones) certainly contributes to this wine's multifaceted depth of flavor, architecture and length. It's a cracking Pinot that is powerful while offering great finesse. There are similar characteristics to the Estate Pinot but even more intensity, and while it sees a little more new oak than the Estate (30%), it's the deeply coiled, sappy fruit and detailed perfume that stands out. This is the tightest and most focused of the Ashton Hills Pinots, especially at this young age, yet even here the fruit core is approachably supple in 2016. In short, it's a long, layered, densely fruited Reserve of considerable underlying power and complexity.
In any six $68.98
Each $74.99
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Drink now or cellar for 10 years for further complexity
Duck & Game, Lamb
Like previous vintages, one third of the 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir was matured in new French oak barrels
Has great colour, and the bouquet fills the senses with the first whiff, spices leading the way, then the full cavalcade following on the palate; earth, forest, plum, dark cherry, oak and fine but persistent tannins, all in play.
Varietal Composition:
Pinot Noir