Principia Kindred Hill Pinot Noir 2018
- Elegant, lighter
- Mornington Peninsula
Mornington pinots tend towards the light and ethereal, in general. Even when, like this one, there’s bags of concentration and flavour intensity, there’s still somehow room for ghostly beauty to seep through, bewitching and charming even the most demanding drinker. There’s bright summer berries, with crunchy texture and a Negroni-like finish. Tannins shape, without constraining anything. This is really excellent stuff.
“This is a turbid mid to light ruby, indicative of the minimal interventionist policy here: ambient yeast, no filtration nor fining. The skein of tannin, inflected with exotic Indian notes including turmeric and cardamon, suggests a higher percentage of bunches in the ferment. 18 months in classy French oak melds well, ably obviating the physiologically ripe fruit from an attenuated growing season. The overall impression is one of a svelte freshness, detail and intense succulence, despite the warmth of fruit. Truffled forest floor and crunchy red berry fruits sashay across maritime acid rails, towing the melee long. This is a delicious pinot.”
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The Mornington Peninsula is one of those places you dream of retiring - once you've made a cool $10m to get you into the Red Hill club. The sublime mix of temperate climate, expansive views, lush hills and pristine beaches is something not many would turn their nose up at. You can rest assured that every winery here has all the money they need, and although the wines may be relatively expensive, they're made as close to idealistic aspirations as possible. It's hard to find a bad wine. The usual cool climate suspects are the mainstay here (Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling) and they range from ethereal to weighty. Whichever end of the spectrum, they're all class.