2018 Bicknell FC Applecross Pinot Noir

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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.

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. Other than SO2, no additions were made to the wine.

95 Points - "Picked 21 days earlier than the '17, but with near-identical chemical analysis. Destemmed whole berry ferment, 19 days on skins including cold soak and post-ferment settling. Brilliantly clear, bright colour. David Bicknell runs a tight ship, the minimal message of the fermenting must resulting in a pure, perfumed, light-bodied pinot with years in front of it. For the purist." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 Points - "This offers vivid ripe red-cherry, strawberry and red-plum aromas, as well as some fresh-herb notes. Delivers a fresh, red cherry-flavoured palate with smooth, fleshy texture." - JamesSuckling.com

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