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2019 Place of Changing Winds Clos de la Connerie

Macedon Ranges, VIC

One of the most exciting new Pinot Noirs in the country. Organic farming of the highest exacting standards - a wine of rare character and great cellaring potential.

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About

About The Wine

The Clos de la Connerie section of Place of Changing Winds is the original plot of vines that was first planted in 2012. It's the heart of this most ambitious viticultural project and set to become one of the country's great cellar-worthy Pinot Noirs over the coming years.

The vines here are planted at an average of 12,500 vines per hectare. This intense competition amongst the vines creates a wine of power, density and incredible structure.

Clos de la Connerie shows rare qualities for new world Pinot Noir - the tannin structure is superb, the richness of fruit is incredibly impressive. Drink now or for the next decade plus.

About Place of Changing Winds

The Place of Changing Years vineyard was planted by notable Australian wine importer, journalist, and author, Rob Walters.

Rob had hunted for a special site to plant in the cooler climes of Australia for many years. One day, esteemed grower/winemaker at Bindi, Michael Dhillon, called him and said, "Rob, I've found your vineyard."

The site sits at 500m above sea level in the Macedon Ranges. Rob has farmed it organically from the start. Planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at an incredible average of 15,000 vines per hectare, this is one of the most exciting emerging viticultural projects in the country. 

Rob is one of the great thinkers in Australian wine. You can expect great things as his project begins to blossom.

Rob Walters at Place of Changing Winds
Rob Walters at Place of Changing Winds
Macedon Ranges, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

The Clos de la Connerie is a name that we have given to the part of the vineyard we first planted in 2012, a continuous north and northeast-facing amphitheatre of Pinot Noir. The vines here have a density of 12,500 vines per hectare and tend to produce a darker, more structured wine that seems to be built for very long aging.

As you can see, in 2019 we produced two bottlings of the Clos in order to better understand how this wine behaves through maturation in cask. Both bottlings are the same wine; we simply held one barrique of the final blend in cask for an additional four months (this is the version bottled with the red wax cap). Both wines will benefit from further aging although the red waxed version is clearly more open for business. Both wines are deep and powerful, yet still offer great seduction. We have no track record, but these wines taste like they will live for decades. We used one-third whole-bunch in 2019. It’s still very early days for these muscular wines, especially the first bottling. We certainly recommend people open the late-bottled version first and hold back as much as they can on the black capsule version.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030+
Bottle Size : 750ml

Owner Rob Walters
Owner Rob Walters
Macedon Ranges, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"It’s not your average Pinot Noir. It’s varietal but it has a power to it, a force. When I say this I’m referring to its flavour profile; it’s actually a wine of detail and finesse, it’s just that the fruit flavours have a brooding darkness. Boysenberry stirred with anise, black cherry buried in undergrowth, five spice notes licking at sweet herbs. It’s a wine of black humour, if you will. The most impressive thing, as is often the way, is the formation of tannin, and the way it gathers that which has come before and completes it. I want to use the word spark in relation to the tannin; I just do. Perhaps what I mean is that it ignites the aftertaste. In any case I was ambivalent to the Place of Changing Winds project until I tasted this wine, and then in a rush I wanted to know everything and more about it. Gorgeousness in wine is nothing if not inspiring." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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