Quartier means neighbourhood in French and the Quartier varietals are a celebration of diverse terroirs on the Mornington Peninsula. The fruit for this wine is sourced from Tuerong, Balnarring and Red Hill.
The fruit was fermented, without yeast inoculation, in open stainless steel vats for 18 to 20 days, with a small proportion of whole bunches included. The malolactic conversion was also indigenous. The maturation period is 10 months in French oak barriques (10% new), wooden foudre and concrete tank. It was then bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
September 2015 welcomed the beginning of budburst leading to a dry and warm spring. October was 3 degrees above the average temperature and El Niño affected the amount of rain we received. Vine vigour was controlled due to the lack of rainfall with the canopy generous and open. Fruitfulness was up from the previous vintage and flowering and fruit set occurred unhindered. Veraison commenced in early January.
The period between January and mid-March was warmer than historically usual and harvest began at the same time in February as recent vintages. Conditions remained very dry and warm throughout the harvest period, it was a compact vintage finishing in mid-March. The viticultural team worked steadily throughout harvest and delivered healthy and energetic fruit, with ripeness and acidity well balanced.
Vibrant and deeply scented nose of raspberry and red cherry along with intriguing aromas of wet rock and dark spices. The silky palate offers bramble fruit flavours and a moreish mid-palate sweetness that is balanced with fine tannins, great length and a touch of whole bunch spiciness on the finish.
Integrity and appeal are the hallmarks of this great value pinot. It’s built around a core of black cherry and strawberry fruit, layered with a little whole bunch spice and supported by fine, supple tannins. It’s approachable and ready, but will confidently hold out for a few years.
A mix of Mornington Peninsula vineyards makes an impression here, and one of the signatures is a saline/maritime note to the perfume that naturally comes from the variety. Think red cherry, mostly, with other typical notes such as herb, spice, and some leaf and whole bunch derived sap – just a faint sense, finely tuned – adding flavour and texture to a fine, dusting in the finish.
If I ordered this in a restaurant or fancy bistro, I’d be very happy with my choice: it’s a great drink. A little perfume, raspberry and cherry, whole bunch sap and spice as a seasoning. Medium bodied at most, fresh and juicy, bursting with spiced red fruits and blood orange, a stony feel with fine emery tannin, and a convincing finish. Beauty.