What the Critics say
'The form in front of me suggests that this saw 20% whole bunches but I was under the impression that it saw 50%. not that it matters. It’s a very good wine. Dry and structural but with some beef on its bones. Tobacco, fennel, boysenberry and cedar-spiced oak all play roles. It feels meaty but it also feels fresh. Plenty of smoky tannin too. The Toolangi wines are in excellent shape.'
The Pauls Lane Pinot was hand harvested from Toolangi's 2001 plantings (MV6 clone grapes in E Block rows 46-66), partially de-stemmed (50% whole bunches retained) and naturally fermented in open top wooden fermenters. In total, the wine spent 23 days on skins before being pressed to French oak (20% new) for eight months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This is obviously much deeper and more luscious than the entry level wine, and immanently drinkable now. Expect layers of fleshy Pinot fruit, suggesting rose petal, plum and earth, balanced by fine, powdery tannins and a long complex finish that perfumes the mouth with sour cherries and sappy freshness. Again, really very smart.
|Grape Variety||Pinot Noir|