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Michael Hall 'Lenswood' Pinot Noir

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Vintage: 2019
Adelaide Hills, SA

ALC: 13.6%


Mad skills create a mad wine. That much is evident with this Pinot. Truly exceptional stuff. The result of some serious hard slog and plenty of thought on how best to work with the weather of this particular harvest. Crack a bottle yourself and do some pondering *strokes chin and takes a very large sip*.

We can’t help but get around this Adelaide Hills winemaker. His small batch ethos? To make wines that’ll be “loved by some rather than liked by all”. Michael is a champion of super specific terroirs. A past life as a Sotheby’s jewellery evaluator serves him well as he meticulously observes wine subtleties. With his keen eye and passion for slow artisanal craft, he creates wines with big, distinctive personalities that won’t fade into bland anonymity. Someone get us a glass, stat!

FROM THE WINEMAKER

"Grown at the Mawson Road Vineyard in Lenswood at 560m elevation on a steep south-facing aspect. Planted to the 777, 114, 115 and MV6 clones on sandy loam over clay. Good winter rains preceded average spring temperatures and a hot January. Volatile temperature swings from mid-February delivered a later than expected vintage. Hand-picked on 9 and 12 March, wild yeast fermented in open fermenter and closed puncheons, 61% whole bunch, matured for 11 months in French oak (35% new). Unfined. Sandalwood, pomegranate, rosehip, fenugreek, shea butter. 1480 bottles produced."

FOOD MATCHING

Slap a bit of charcuterie on a platter and bob’s your uncle. Or, melt-in-your-mouth duck or lamb will also act as a shit hot flavour enhancer.

RATING

Decanter.com / David Sly - 97 Points

Michael Hall, Pinot Noir, Piccadilly/Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia 2019

 

“From a small crop of intense fruit, with 44% whole-bunch fermentation to elevate the brightness. In the mouth, it opens to sweet berry satisfaction, but also surprising intensity, with stalk and grip shaping the palate. Elegant and harmonious, rich in the mid-tones, the occasional bass notes lingering seductively.” 97/100 David Sly, Decanter.com

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