Full-bodied with firm, racy tannins that are long and beautiful. The wine has so much length and beauty.
About The Wine
Hirsch is a rare sight in Australia, as so little of this iconic producer's wine are imported. We are lucky to have a few of their outstanding Pinot Noirs.
Hirsch wines are lo-fi, biodynamic and live outside the current perception of big rich Cali Pinot. They are tight, linear, pristine wines, more akin to Chambolle than Central Otago.
The Block 8 is an exceptional single vineyard wine, from what is essentially their Grand Cru site, five miles back from the Pacific up a dirt road. Finely-poised, cranberry and cherry-flavoured, with wild herbs and spices abundant. Very linear. Very cellarworthy.
About Hirsch Vineyards
The iconic Hirsch Vineyards estate was founded by pioneer farmer and future winemaker David Hirsch back in 1980, on a spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the northern tip of Sonoma County. The have the oldest premium Pinot Noir vineyard on the true Sonoma Coast.
For the first twenty years Hirsch was a source of outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to a slew of high-brow producers such as Littorai and Kistler. In 2002, the decision was taken to build a winery and start making their own wines. The process of converting to biodynamic viticulture was completed in 2014 and now 72 acres of vines are fully biodynamic.
The Hirsch Pinots are tightly coiled, minimalist, low alchohol, exceptional cellarworthy wines. As Hugh Johnson put it in The World of Fine Wine magazine, (issue #48) “This was Pinot Noir of a kind I had never seen, and didn’t expect to see, in California. Nor in Burgundy, for that matter… My impression was of Pinot flavour at it’s most electrically alive…”