Michael Hall 'Sang de Pigeon' Pinot Noir
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Adelaide Hills, SA
Did you bring your swimmers? We’re about to get deep. This pinot really shows the depth of juicy flavours you can get from high altitude vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. Michael fermented a quarter of the release as whole bunches for a hefty impact. Un-real.
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"Good winter rain led into a hot January, cooling mid-February with slower ripening thereafter. Hand-picked from Bastard Hill in Piccadilly on 24 March and from Mawson Road in Lenswood on 9 and 12 March. Destemmed to open fermenters with 43% whole bunch, matured for 11 months in French oak (11% new). Unfined. Wild strawberry, red currant, hibiscus tea and pomelo. 5770 bottles made."
FOOD MATCHINGDelicate cheeses have gotta be up there. Sheep’s milk, or Comte for a bit more complexity. You know brie when it starts going ooey-gooey-melty in the middle? Yeah. Glass of this pinot with that is a ten.
RATINGJH Score: 93 Points
Value for money
Strawberries, cherries, pepper in the nose. Juicy and smooth, perhaps a bit tart for me. Overall a very decent Pinot for the price tag!