2019 Hurley Vineyard Lodestone Pinot Noir

Highly Rated
Powerful, spicy Pinot from Hurley's warmer site.

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Lodestone is Hurley's north-facing site, warmest site, picked earliest, producing Pinots with the most richness and density.

The colour is typically pale for Hurley, belying the power beneath. The fruit is on the darker spectrum with brambly, earthy characters, and some biscuitty oak showing at this young stage of its life. It has great, great length.

Lodestone is essentially a natural magnet, the magnetised iron ore Magnetite, which is abundant throughout the vineyard soil.

This is entirely from selected barrels of Lodestone. The fruit was harvested by hand on 1 and 2 March 2019, fermented under the action of indigenous yeasts, basket pressed on 22 March 2018 and, after twenty months in barrel (one third new), bottled on 3 November 2019. Closed with Diam cork.

Bright mid-garnet again. Here the nose is focused, intense and brooding with black cherries, cassis and blood plums. The palate is very fine and precise with pure flavours of brambly berries and black cherries plus cake spice and forest floor elements. The texture is seamless and luscious and the tannins ripe and fine. This is harmonious, very lingering and exits super clean. The overall effect is one of intensity and focus. To 2030.

93 Points - "Normally the burliest of the Hurley wines. North facing site might just do it.Potent, inky pinot noir, satsuma plum, dark cherry, dark chocolate, some brambles and leafy green herbs. Brooding and dark in the palate, some ripe/sweeter fruit characters, a bit of breathiness and a spicy, fresh finish. Needs a bit of time to come fully together but there's delicious fruit character and a good deal of structure to work with. All the makings of classy, bolder pinot noir." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Staying true to the site, Kevin Bell needed to bring his fruit in at a higher baumé - anything less would have meant unripe flavours. However, the wine has a generosity and is certainly not warm, despite 14.6% alcohol. A wonderful wine, more suited to short-term drinking. It's imbued with plenty of tannin, moulded over sweet fruit,with some rhubarb and blood orange flavours and a touch of ferrous. Full bodied, deep and earthy. Don't wait. Ready now." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

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