2017 Bicknell FC Applecross Pinot Noir

Highly Rated
Finessed single-vineyard expression of Pinot Noir from Dave and Nicky at Bicknell FC.

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This is Oakridge Chief Winemaker Dave Bicknell's personal label based around a single block in Gladysdale in the Yarra Valley.

He and wife Nicky have nursed this vineyard back to good health and the results are showing in the quality of the wines coming forward from this project.

Only a minimal amount of new oak is used by Bicknell in crafting this wine. His mission to get a pure representation of this vineyard into the glass realised beautifully here.

Yarra Valley Pinot Noir fans will find plenty of joy here.

Harvest of the 2017 took place 31 days later than 2016, on April 4th, as we patiently waited for the malic acid to slowly degrade in the significantly cooler conditions. The crop load and harvest analysis were almost identical to 2016 at with 3.8 t/Ha coming off at 13.2° baume, 3.44 pH and 6.3 g/L of acid.

Fermentation commenced naturally after 4 days and progressed steadily through the next 14 days with just the odd pump over and some hand pigeage towards the end to liberate the last of the sugar. We then left the wine on skins for a further 4 days of maceration before pressing and transferring to barrels.

We resisted adding any new oak, so had just under 13% second use oak, the rest all older than 5 years of age. The wine completed malolactic fermentation in May, and was sulphured on its lees, where it remained for a further 9 months until blending in January. Other than SO2, no additions were made to the wine.

96 Points - "It's not often I prefer a Yarra producer's pinot over his/her chardonnay, particularly when speaking of wines from a master of the craft, David Bicknell. This said, the '17 vintage has conferred a cool climate edge to the Yarra's signature juiciness across a veil of crunchy berry fruits, straying into hints of mulch, woodsy porcini and root spice. The spindle of tannins keeps everything humming to a moreish conclusion. Delicious!" - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

95 Points - "Attractive, brambly red-cherry, dried-flower and bracken aromas here with such intensely fresh and pure style. The palate has athletically agile tannin texture and arcs out a sapid, red-cherry core with a succulent, fresh and energetic finish. Impressive. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

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