2019 Onannon Red Hill Single-Site Pinot Noir - Mornington Peninsula VIC
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This wine is from the Red Hill vineyard which the Onannon boys manage with the help of their trusty vineyard worker, Martin. The vines are 26 years old now. It’s a warm site, sitting at 90m with a northern exposure. In 2019 Onannon once again used only the MV6 clone, fermented entirely as whole bunches. The wine spent a full month on skins, including a length pre-ferment cold soak. The wine underwent natural malolactic conversion in spring. Racked, filtered and put to bottle with no fining.
"This is pretty super. Young, for sure, and tight, and a little liberal with the oak, just, but it’s so inherently complex, so well framed, and so well fruited – in a context of savouriness. Dark cherry and strawberry, woodsy herbs, foresty/undergrowth-like aspects, lots of twiggy spice. It carries a veneer of toasty cedar wood oak but it’s not heavy and nor is it concerning. It’s a tip top wine. Fine-grained and tight, with some kind of fantastic future ahead of it."
94+ points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front