The Morillon Pinot Noir is sourced from 0.4 hectare within the oldest Pinot Noir block (0.6 hectare) at Port Phillip Estate’s Red Hill vineyard. This block was planted in 1987 on a site nestled among folds of the hilly country in Red Hill. The iron and magnesium-rich but otherwise weathered basalts confer a savoury, earthy minerality to the wine. With maturity, the original block consistently produces wine with an extra level of structure, balance and intensity. In light of this we bottle a small portion separately as the ultimate expression of Pinot Noir from this vineyard. Harvested in mid-March, the fruit was fermented in a large-format wooden foudre. The ferment occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 17 days. Following fermentation the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 15% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The total maturation period was 14 months. The wine was then bottled without fining or filtration.
A vibrant and perfumed nose, the 2018 Morillon Pinot Noir shows notes of morello cherry and cranberry together with rose petal and an earthier note of wild thyme. Typical of wines from the Red Hill soil, the palate is shaped by streaks of ultra-fine tannin together with delicate fruit notes of strawberry and red currant. Mid-palate weight leads to a finish of excellent length, sustenance and purity.
The WineFront, February 2020
This is a beautiful wine. Floral and fragrant, sinewy and structured, spicy and lively with fruit. Beet, orange and woodsy spice notes float through. Roasted nuts too. Pinot Noir with its guns out.
The Port Phillip Estate vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Red Hill, on Eocene volcanic 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.