2022 Place of Changing Winds Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir

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An exceptional example of Australian Pinot Noir from one of the most ambitious viticultural projects in the world.

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The Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir from Place of Changing Winds is a refined expression of Pinot Noir, showcasing the unique terroir between Mount Macedon and Mount Bullengarook in the Macedon Ranges. This lighter, red-fruited wine offers remarkable freshness and site transparency, and has become one of Victoria's most sought-after Pinot Noirs in just a few short years.

Crafted with organic viticulture and minimal intervention, this cuvée is vibrant and energetic. Its fine texture and structure make it approachable now, while possessing the potential to develop beautifully over the next decade.

Produced from all vineyard plots except those used for the limited Beyond the Forest cuvée, this Pinot Noir matured for 18 months in Stockinger casks, with 50% new oak from a 1,000-liter cask. With only 2,564 bottles produced, the Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir epitomizes the dedication and expertise of Rob Walters and his team. 

This is a future collectable of Australian wine. Best get in while you can, it won't be available for long.

96+ points
"A sheath of lacy, granitic tannin over dark cherry, woody spice, and a general sense of ultra pure, tart cherry juice. Incredible extension of flavour and an almost unnerving consistency to texture."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

96 points
"Good depth and hue of colour, with a sandalwood aroma and dark cherry fruit. The palate is elegantly structured and refined, with intense and focused flavour."
- Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

94+ points
"The 2022 Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir is spicy and fine on the nose, with cherry pip, raspberry leaf, and crushed rocks. In the mouth, it's all about rose petals, iron, and silty tannins."
- Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

Place of Changing Winds is roughly equidistant between Mount Macedon and Mount Bullengarook, hence the name of this cuvée, which is essentially the most representative Pinot of the season. It’s a fine, textural Pinot produced from all the estate’s plots (including the highest-density vines), save what went into the tiny Beyond the Forest cuvée. It spent 18 months maturing in Stockinger casks with 50% new oak (although this new component was a 1,000 cask, so it has very little impact). It’s a wine that will drink well young and has significant cellaring potential. It was bottled in January 2024.

96+ points - "Named for its more or less equidistance between Mount Macedon and Mount Bullengarook. Produced from all plots on the estate. Matured in 50% new and old Stockinger casks. Svelte and sleek with distinct succulence and pucker. A sheath of lacy, granitic tannin over dark cherry, tumbles of dried herbs, woody spice, some nori and truffle-like characters in the mix and a general sense of ultra pure, tart cherry juice and flecks of dried currant and cranberry. A real feast for the senses here. Incredible extension of flavour and an almost unnerving consistency to texture in all that – a long and exacting ride of character and charm. Loads of evocative perfume too. Wonderful, all up." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

96 points - "Good depth and hue of colour, with a sandalwood aroma, liberal oak evident, over dark cherry fruit which built in fragrance with time in the glass. The palate is elegantly structured and refined, with intense and focused flavour augmented by fine and firm tannins, the finish extending very long. A tensioned pinot, rich in sweet cherry fruit, that is excellent now but promises more in the future." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

94+ points - "The 2022 Between Two Mountains Pinot Noir is spicy and fine on the nose, with cherry pip, raspberry leaf, crushed rocks, pumice stone tannins and black tea. In the mouth, the wine is all about rose petals and iron, silty tannins and lashings of blood plum skin, with violets and Pink Lady apples, rosemary, blood orange, arnica and a very gentle amaro persuasion. A light finish is made persistent by enduring tannins that chew and sway. It's so nice. Distinct. It's easy to swoon somewhat over the packaging, which is not important to wine quality but an indication of aesthetics. It matured for 18 months in Stockinger casks (50% new) and was bottled in January 2024. 13.2% alcohol, sealed under Diam." - Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

Place of Changing Winds

The Place of Changing Winds 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.

New to the Place of Change of Winds range are wines from Heathcote high country, organically planted in collaboration with Rhone legend Alain Graillot. These delicious Syrahs, and a Marsanne for the first time from the 2019 vintage, were previously under the Graillot Australia label but are now fully vinified at Place of Changing Winds in Macedon.

Rob Walters at Place of Changing Winds Place of Changing Winds

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