2016 Pinot Noir

Price: $45

Tasting

A blend drawn from mixed clones on the T&L block (777, 115, 667, Abel and Pommard) and the old unidentified clone that John Kirk planted at Clonakilla in 1978 (most probably MV6). 30% whole bunches, 16 days on skins, 11 months in one year old French puncheons (Taransaud).
13.5% Alc/Vol

Reviews

Talking of wines that are exclusive to the Clonakilla cellar door and/or mailing list, I suspect this Clonakilla Pinot Noir falls into this category. It’s been a surprise packet from the outset. It sees 30% whole bunches, 16 days on skins, and comes partly from the block of pinot noir planted at Clonakilla in 1978.

You could serve it to anyone, high-brow or less-high-brow.

It has such a distinctive flavour profile. It’s sweet and stewy, like stewed rhubarb and sweet/dried spices, and while it’s light-ish in colour it feels brooding; it has a presence. It’s immensely aromatic too, and pretty, and strawberried, and all manner of things. Slatey tannin, the crackle of spice, but with some candied sweetness too. High enjoyment factor. You could serve it to anyone, high-brow or less-high-brow.

Campbell Mattinson

Medium to light colour with good purple tints and a faintly herbal, subdued bouquet, which seems quite simple and callow.

A very pretty fruit-driven style of pinot

Some grassy and fragrant herb notes. The palate is light and lean with a trace of sappiness in the tannins. Fruit-driven and full of berry fruit charm. A very pretty fruit-driven style of pinot which will be better in a year or two.

Huon Hooke

Pinot Noir