2021 Morillon Pinot Noir

Morillon Pinot Noir



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Tasting Profile

November 2022

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.

Enticing aromas of red cherry, cranberry, currants, wild dry herb and baking spices. Dominated by tart cherry flavours, the palate possesses a fine weight and ultra-fine tannins. Long and gently assertive, it finishes with a dusty, spicy note and a fresh raspberry acidity. Bright and youthful now, this wine will reward with extended time in the cellar.

13.0% alc.

Tasting Profile 2021
Tasting Profile 2020
Tasting Profile 2019



The WineFront, November 2023

Gary Walsh

From a 0.4-hectare block in Red Hill, planted in 1987. Bony, aromatic, and spicy red-fruited Pinot Noir, it’s a little bit smoky, distinct amaro character to it, a little sappy, but sweetly red fruited too; strawberries mainly. There’s a dusty and peppery feel to tannin, almost Italianate in a way.

94 points

Vinous, May 2023

Angus Hughson

The lightly coloured  2021 Single Block Morillon Pinot Noir displays pretty aromas of red liquorice, cranberry and strawberry against a background of earthy spices. A lightly framed and silky palate follows. Refreshing acidity provides attractive vitality to a broad spectrum of spicy red fruit flavours. This slick and youthful wine supports enjoyment over the medium term.

92+ points

Reviews 2021
Reviews 2020
Reviews 2019


The Vintage

Although 2020 Winter was mild, it provided excellent rainfall, with approximately 225mm falling evenly throughout June, July, and August. Budburst commenced in the second week of September, a typical start to a season on the Mornington Peninsula. Spring presented typical conditions with fluctuating temperatures and rainfall. Temperatures stabilised before flowering, and the region experienced favourable conditions throughout this critical time of the season. All our vineyards enjoyed good flowering and fruit set. While early Summer rainfall was below average, conditions shifted to wet and humid during January. The viticultural team worked diligently to ensure our vineyards remained disease-free. Veraison commenced mid-January, earlier than the last couple of seasons. Our vineyards were replenished with good natural rainfall during this time, thus satisfying the increased water demand of grapevines. The sunny but relatively cool weather throughout February meant ripening was slow and steady. Harvest commenced in early March and continued into early April. The weather remained mild throughout, and harvest progressed at an even pace, providing ideal conditions.

The Vineyard

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.