I believe this is the first vintage with Matt Harrop at the controls. I’m likely not recognized as the authority on Pinot Noir at The Wine Front, but I’ll do my best for you. Dried rose perfume in with some fresh mint, deep raspberry flavour, a little almond and vanilla, plus some spice. It’s ripe, but not overly so, with cool acidity, a dusting of graphite tannin, and a long biscuity finish. It’s generous in style, but keeps itself trim. I’m particularly tickled by the quality of tannin here. Excellent. 95 points. – Gary Walsh, Wine Front.
A very important point made by Gary in his note above. This was Matt Harrop’s first vintage as winemaker and you can honestly tell. Right from the get-go this wine seems more tight-knit and more complete than I ever remember. It’s always had this generous, rolling delivery of fruit and earth which I love, but in 2018 the wine seems to carry added finesse and elegance. I was really impressed by this. Well done Matt. – Ches Cook, FWC.