2021 Patrick Sullivan Millstream Pinot Noir

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A rich, dark and beautifully expressive Pinot Noir from one of Gippsland's best winemakers

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The Patrick Sullivan Millstream Pinot Noir is a dark and delicious fruit and savoury bomb where the grapes have been able to express themselves fully due to zero use of oak as well as minimal sulphur and other inputs.

The aromas fall within the red berry, dark cherry and savoury realms (meat, herbs and spice), with the palate framed by salivating acidity and flavours of cranberry, cherry and raspberry. The tannin is present but not distracting, and the finish is long and balanced, reflecting the power but also finesse of the wine.

As the Millstream is still very young, cellar it for a few more years to truly enjoy everything this beautiful wine can offer.

His first vinous whiff probably came whilst climbing the Cambrian hills north of central victoria on a farm his family once owned. All grown up and married to the beautiful Megan, they live and make wine on their own farm in the Strezleki ranges, Gippsland, Australia. The wines are inspired by emotion, a moment in time and a sense of place.

94 Points - "An exposed site, typically makes for nervy wines, says Pat Sullivan. Ends up in ceramic vessels to accentuate all the fruit can do from this place. Fragrant perfume of dried flowers, sour cherry, white pepper, game meat, sweaty herbs. Palate is edgy, all cranberry tang, chalky tannins, glass shard acidity, dried herbs and more of the game meat accompanied by some hazelnut savouriness. Mouth-watering fresh. Zesty. It’s on edge but it’s great to find this refreshment here. Give it time." Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

96 Points - "Deep red/purple colour, good depth and hue, the bouquet rich and ripe dark cherry to dark plum aromas, spicy touches, and oak is not noticeable (in fact it saw no oak at all). Full-bodied, ample and richly-textured, with abundant soft, fine tannins and tremendous fruit intensity that persists a very long time in the mouth. Acidity is perfectly harmonious and the tannins are impressively generous yet at the same time supple and fleshy and integrated. A quite extraordinary wine. (Fermented and matured only in ceramic vessels. 10% whole-bunch.)" Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Patrick Sullivan

The wild-haired Patrick Sullivan is a farmer first, a winemaker second.

His pride and joy is his vineyard in the Strzelecki Ranges in the Gippsland G.I. of Victoria. On this plot of land, Pat farms with organic principals alongside Bill Downie, one of the most revolutionary winemakers of his generation.

Bill takes the Pinot Noir from the vineyard, Pat takes the Chardonnay. The Chardonnay wines emerging from his cellar are some of the most exciting in the country. Addicted to volcanic soils and the power and energy that those soils bring to Chardonnay, Pat is amassing a formidable stable of Chardonnays that articulate a small slice of Australia's ancient terroir.

The wines are un-tinkered with, fermented in neutral vessels with little or no sulphur and are made to express their special site and the vagaries of vintage. In Pat's words, "The wines are inspired by emotion, a moment in time and a sense of place."

Pat Sullivan - Gippsland, VIC Patrick Sullivan

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