With every year that passes, the Tout Près vineyard’s subtleness and delicate fruit structure are becoming increasingly pronounced in the wine. The bouquet fills the glass with spicy fruit, mineral elements and a hint of integrated French oak, with the darkness and essence of the Moorabool Valley true expressions of site. Integrated and intriguingly complex on the nose. Really want to dive in. Where the RP's pure fruit leads the way, Tout Près is a true bouquet - rose petals, nutty oak, sweet spices, bunchy notes and red and darker berries. Like the nose, the palate looks so settled so young. Tannins are so elegant, too - silky and somehow dissolving yet present, framing the palate and giving lovely mouthfeel as those flavour impressions ripple through. Thrilling wine - intense, intricately layered and long, and so together. Beautifully composed in every sense. - Nick Farr, winemaker.
Stands high and mighty. In one of those Australia vs France tastings last week, Australia was not doing so well. Then the Pinot bracket came along, with this wine placed up against Benjamin Leroux Gevrey Chambertin 2016. Both exemplary examples of fine Pinot Noir. Tout Pres showed off an array of red and black fruit, root vegetables (beetroot), earth and spice with layers and layers of flavour. This is a wine in great harmony with perfect tannin structure. Super impressive now and with 5-10 years in the cellar you will be looking at one of Australia’s greatest Pinot’s. - Ian Cook, FWC (tasted December 2018).