2013 Meres Pinot Noir

2013
Meres Pinot Noir

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Back Vintage Release

This single-block wine is sourced from a 0.67 ha vineyard planted in 1997 on a gentle north-facing slope. This, the most exposed of all our Pinot Noir plantings, leads to vines that offer low vigour and low yields. The combination of the soils (less loamy top soil and more clay subsoil than the other blocks), exposure and low vigour produces highly aromatic and perfumed red-fruited Pinot Noir with a structure that, as the vines age, is becoming more robust and serious. For the first time this wine was fermented in large-format concrete tank. The ferment, with a small portion of whole bunches, commenced without yeast inoculation and lasted 17 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 25% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with a total maturation period of 16 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.

Toward the darker end of the spectrum than previous years, the deeply spiced 2013 Meres shows bramble and forest fruit notes. The front palate is high-toned and vibrant, moving seamlessly into a velvet mid-palate that culminates in a precise, savoury tannin presence. Whilst showing a greater tannin structure than previous releases, it is approachable now but will also benefit from time in the bottle.

13.5%

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Reviews

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016

Polish, power and poise. Depth of fruit and flavour but it never becomes bogged down; it keeps flowing with cherry-plum and chicory flavour, notes of coffee grounds and undergrowth more than enough to raise your pulse. Excellent length. Terrific wine.

96 points

Campbell Mattinson

The Australian Wine Annual 2016

Smoky and stylish, with a heady perfume of cherries, berries and sweet toasty vanilla oak backed by suggestions of spice and menthol. It’s artfully balanced, with a fine length of vibrant red and black cherry and cranberry-like flavour that knits tightly with fresh oak, finishing long, gentle and savoury with a lingering core of fruit and a refreshing acidity.

95 points

Jeremy Oliver

WBM, January/February 2016

Rose hip, pink pepper, exotic spice, even pipe smoke unite in a spice-accented Meres of exact red cherry character, eminently Chambolle-Musigny-shaped in its fragrant red-fruited allure. Finely structured, mineral-textured tannins mark out a delightful palate line.

96 points

Tyson Stelzer

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The Vintage

The 2012 winter saw a return to cold and wet conditions with the wettest June in 20 years. Soils were at water holding capacity delaying budburst 10 days. Vine growth was balanced and flowering ensued well, delivering good crop levels. Despite sporadic rain, the summer was mainly dry with vigour kept in check and disease pressure low. Our continuing application of composts, organic teas and other organic practices have advanced the health and resilience of our vines. Vintage commenced at the beginning of March presenting excellent fruit. A period of very warm days and nights then rapidly ripened the remaining fruit causing vintage to be the most compact we have experienced requiring great efforts from both viticultural and winemaking teams. The white wines are characterised by a solid core of white fruit, floral notes and their usual pithy powdery finish, while the red wines show depth and focus with excellent line and drive.
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The Vineyard

The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.

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