This has a strikingly complex, intense nose with a rich array of cherries and berries, grapefruit and pomegranate, plenty of fruit spice, light pepper and a gently creamy, baking-spice oak thread. The palate has a very rich, intense delivery of beautifully ripe red cherries, framed in fine yet sturdy tannins. Long, fresh and energetic finish. 94 Points. Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com.
It's always a pleasure to drink this wine. The 2018 is already looking fantastic and is already showing plenty of fruit and character. The nose and palate are harmonious, both showing a deep core of primary fruit amongst plenty of earth-derived flavours and scents. Brown spice, twig, damp earth and forest floor are all evident, below flavours of cherry pip, black cherry and blood plum. Acid seems more integrated here than the Crown Prince, and as a whole the wine is more compact and more finely grained when compared to its little brother. It’s moreish and simply very enjoyable to drink with a silky mouthfeel and long row of flavour and tannin. Bass Phillip is, for me, the best Pinot producer in the country and this is one of many good examples why. – Ches Cook, FWC.