2020 Kerri Greens Foothills Pinot Noir

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Superb premium Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula on the lo-fi spectrum.

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A lo-fi Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir here born from a spin off of the iconic Quealy family label.

Tom McCarthy is the son of Kevin and Kathleen, raised in the family business, he knows Mornington Peninsula vineyards like the back of his hand. For the Kerri Green label, he and Quealy vineyard manager Lucas Blanck and their partners Sarah Saxton and Alyce Blanck, have teamed up to start a small label exploring some of these sites.

The collective have farmed this vineyard, the Silverwood vineyard, since the 2016 vintage. The fruit from this site has come along in leaps and bounds.

A majestic Pinot Noir has emerged this season, brimming with plush ripe fruit and a sense of tension that is reminiscent of Nebbiolo or similar. Very high level Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir here and a steal at the price for the quality on offer.

Hand harvested, a selection of rows from the Silverwood vineyard. We experienced long, gentle ripening conditions in 2020 delivering a spotless crop with an intricate flavour profile. Fruit was picked in the second week of March.

Fully destemmed directly to bins by gravity, as softly and slowly as possible, no crush. The focus being on keeping the berries as whole as possible. There was no addition of sulphur or yeast and the must was left undisturbed until fermentation naturally began 5 days later.

Plunged softly, lovingly, daily. With a significantly reduced crop this year the decision was made to use no new wood, for fear of overpowering the delicate fruit. Left to mature in a 1yo and a 2yo Francois Freres Puncheons for a full 12 months..

92 Points - "Smoky spice whiffs over ripe cherry, strawberry fruit notes in bouquet and palate. Sense of energy to taste with bright, crisp acidity over smoked paprika spice flavours. Some green herb, dried leaf in the mix too. Savoury is a good word here. Lovely, slick texture and nice chew to tannin. Good drink." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Silverwood vineyard, sustainably managed by Kerri Greens since 2016. Gently handled, destemmed whole berries. 18 days on skins, matured for 1 year in puncheons, 25% new. A more structured offering compared to the Murra wine, all dark cherries, warm earth and some charry/meaty notes adding another layer of flavour. Full bodied, with grainy ripe tannins, great persistence and a pleasing bitter radicchio finish." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

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